Yet another velocar is trying to make it to market. The man,Eliel Rojas, who came up with it refers to it as a velomobile and technically it qualifies, but I prefer to refer to it as a velocar as I think that more accurately describes it. His design is called an Ego. And I am going to resist all temptation to make comments about a person’s ego.
All images, videos and information herein credited to Ego’s inventor, Eliel Rojas.
It is an electric motor pedal assist 3 wheel trike which can be pedaled with or without using the motor or it can run solely on the 750 watt electric motor up to about 20 mph (32 kph). (This is the legal limit for a motorized bicycle in many states in order to be considered a bicycle. Faster than that requires it to be registered and licensed as a motorcycle.) It has a claimed battery range of over 30 miles (48 km).
The Ego’s canopy is hinged at the front, which is how users get in and out of the vehicle. It has large opening in the body along the sides to allow good air circulation and help reduce the effect of strong crosswinds by allowing the air to flow thru it. There are nylon curtain closures available to eliminate much of the air flow thru these openings.
Note: Since this article published I have heard from the inventor that the sides are now enclosed.
Eliel states that although the velo body sits high similar to a car (so it can be better seen than would be the case if it were much lower) the rider is seated in a “recumbent position”. (note: recumbent means reclined, laid back, prone) I don’t understand that as when I look at the picture of this vehicle the seat back is quite vertical. In fact, it looks like he is sitting in a small car rather than a recumbent trike. There is very little angle to the seat back … not unless it is adjustable and will go down much further than what is shown in the pictures. And, I would think that if the seat is reclined back the rider would not be able to see out the front very well. Perhaps this is another one of those cases where people are calling a cycle with the pedals out in front a recumbent when that is not the definition of recumbent at all. By that definition a cruiser is a recumbent.
I don’t know what size the wheels and tires are, but they look smaller than 20 inch. I could be wrong about this as they may very well be 20 inch. They just look quite small in diameter in the pictures. Maybe it is because the body is so tall.
If you’re interested in getting one, you can monitor the project website to see when the Kickstarter campaign begins.
Note: it has begun.
Here is the Kickstarter video:
Rojas tells us that the first 20 backers can get an Ego for US$ 3,750 if everything works out, while the estimated retail price will be more around $ 5,000. He further says that although that might sound like a lot, it’s actually right in line with cost of other electric-assist velomobiles.
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The Ego that you see in the video is a prototype. You could see in the new video, link below, that the sides are covered and is fully enclosed, even though is the same prototype. The production Ego will be a fully enclosed tricycle. Thanks for the comments.
I don’t know about this one Steve, as I don’t understand why enclose the thing at all if the bottom is completely exposed to the elements, and something I remember from a Danish Velo Creator,as what he had said about his first ride in his creation, was when he went passed a certain neighbor’s house the dog could no longer chomp down on his leg, and now that was all a thing of the past as he feels totally safe in his fully enclosed Sunrider velomobile…! Some velos are innovative but then there are others that try to sway you with shoddy half shell bodies, and the lure of electric motors to get you there even faster or as not to get you over worked out before getting to the office having to need another shower when you get there.. Hay I have seen some really cool velos over the past few years, with some top shelf technology incorporated into them, and this is not what any of those had looked like, and I know a few people as of recently who are drawn to a mutually enjoyed page group who have velo’s, and they to do not look anything like this yellow ride.. But to each his own, as I always say one man’s meat, is another man’s poison…! But great report, as always Steve, thanks…!