Twike offers you futuristic design, forward-looking technology, low energy consumption and high efficiency, a revolutionary driving experience and tomorrow’s mobility for today’s people.
What is this strange vehicle? Twike is a human-electric hybrid vehicle designed to carry two passengers and cargo. It can be driven in electric-only mode or electric + pedal power mode. Pedaling extends the range of the vehicle but does not substantially add to the vehicle’s top speed. The vehicle cannot be driven solely by using pedal power. Regenerative antilock braking captures energy from deceleration to recharge computer-controlled batteries.
The Twike’s aerodynamic shape, constructed of lightweight materials (like aluminum and plastic), is as efficient flowing through the air as it is pleasing to the eye, and the soft convertible top adds to the fun of driving. Different models, options, and colors offer room for individual expression.
This 542 lb tricycle vehicle uses a 336 volt, 3.3 kilowatt-hour nickel-cadmium battery or a 6 kilowatt-hour nickel metal hydride battery and 3 kilowatt electric motor for primary power. The battery can be fully recharged from a common 230V house outlet in 1.5 to 3 hours. Fully charged, the vehicle is capable of travelling between 25–55 miles per charge on the NiCd batteries, and up to 90 miles per charge on NiMh, depending on terrain, speed, driving style, weight of passengers and cargo, and of course the amount of pedaling by the pilot and passenger, and it can reach a top speed of 53 mph.
A joystick offers control of steering, acceleration, turn signals, and brakes and the on-board computer passes the pilots commands on to the Twike’s electronic brain.
Type: Three wheeled vehicle, convertible, two seater
Registration: motorcycle. ZEV
Top speed: 55 mph
Range per charge: Up to 90 miles, depending upon battery type
Charging: 120v or 240v
Economy: The electric equivalent of 250 to 500 miles per gallon
Drive Motor: 336V, 3kW, asynchronous motor
Weight: 520 pounds empty, 990 pounds maximum loaded
Dimensions: 9 long x 4 wide x 4 high
Luggage space: sixteen cubic feet
Construction: Aluminum alloy space frame with thermoplastic body
Price: between 18,000 and 30,000 , depending on range and exterior