In some places, bikers hate people who drive cars and vice-versa. Bikers see cars as polluting machines that have robbed city space from citizens, while drivers see bikes as an unsafe and uncomfortable means of transportation. What if both drivers and bike riders could have a vehicle that offered the protection of a car with the ease of use and environment-friendly propulsion of a bicycle? Mikael Kjellman, a design engineer from Sweden, has created just that and called it PodRide. Check its video below, with an explanation from the own inventor about its man-powered machine.
The PodRide is 1.80 m long, 0.75 m wide, 1.45 m tall and has a wheelbase of 0.88 cm.
It is not only powered by pedals and its 14-speed system, but also by a small 250 W electric engine that helps the vehicle move when the “driver” is tired or in a steep climb, for example. The car is controlled by two bars, one in each side of the seat. They have the levers to brake the PodRide and also the gear shifters.
As you may have already noticed, the body is composed of special waterproof fabrics. The windshield has a wiper and it is heated, for countries where snow is a problem, such as Sweden, and in which the PodRide can stay in the streets overnight with no danger of being stolen. Such as Sweden.
It weighs 70 kg, possibly due to the batteries, and uses 20-inch tires. Its turning circle is of only 3.5 m and its top speed, when powered by the electric engine, is 25 km/h. The batteries provide a range of 60 km. The PodRide has turn signals, head and tail lights.
This is a much wiser way to integrate the mobile phone to the vehicle, unlike the Fiat Mobi and its Live On sound system. The bicycle-car has a compartment for taking groceries home, for example.
The PodRide is currently at the crowdfunding website IndieGoGo and has already earned US$ 25,000. The final goal is to earn US$ 200,000 in order to create PodRide do-it-yourself kits. With 22 days left, we hope more people get interested in Kjellman’s proposition and that it makes it into production. Especially because of the handbrake turns on the frozen lake!