PODRIDE UPDATE 2022

It is even cuter than before and a lot of interest is being shown in it. It looks like a car but it is a human powered vehicle.  The developer thought they would have it in production by mid 2021 but it didn’t happen. They are working on it and are hopeful they will be able to make it available soon. They are starting out with a quad (4 wheels) and with or without e-motor pedal assist made to comply with European laws meaning only 250 watts pedal assist only (no hand throttle). Later they plan on making a 3 wheel version with a 500 watt motor and a hand throttle as well. As for me, I would want a quad not 3 wheels as a quad is more stable and practical. I wonder if one could get a quad with a 500 watt motor and hand throttle.

https://www.mypodride.com/

Their FAQ page provides quite a lot of information. They don’t know yet what the price will be. For sure it has increased considerably since I first wrote about the Podride over 6 years ago. Their FACEBOOK page is still available as well as their website.

Everywhere the Podride is shown it draws a crowd. I am sure it would be the same once they are being sold. Did I mention that they are such a cute little thing? I wonder how the  material will hold up over time? I wonder if the color will fade out?  I might even like having one.  If nothing else, it would be nice to have the protection it would offer from the weather elements. I wonder how it would do in high winds and gusts? It is not easy or inexpensive to bring such a product to market. I sure hope they make it and it becomes very successful. It is such a cute little thing. Did I mention that?

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PODRIDE REVISTED

I first wrote about the Podride e-quad vehicle five years ago. It is a cute little thing but I assumed like so many prototype projects out there trying to make it to market it failed and faded away. Just moments ago I was re-reading my article and decided to click on the link to their Facebook page. I expected it to be past history and no longer exist but much to my surprise and delight I found it still very much alive and functioning. And the first thing I saw posted was that their project is still going and getting closer to reality. I would love to see these running around. They are just so cute! HERE is their update. The body has been totally redesigned and now it is even cuter than before.

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PODRIDE VELOCAR

Another new velocar is attempting to be birthed into the market place. It’s a cute little thing called a Podride. HERE is their website. Both a 3 wheel version and a 4 wheel version are planned. It will be available with or without electric pedal assist.

They have a StartUp Campaign and a YouTube Channel.

Their website states that they hope to have their product available in Canada and the United States by late 2017 … first in a non-motorized quad and soon to follow a motorized trike.

2 wheel drive above, single wheel drive below

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PODRIDE

Ya gotta’ admit … it’s cute. I am talking about the Podride … a small motorized quad trying to make it to market … (and I am not talking about going to the grocery store). I hope they succeed as I find this one adorable. It is Swedish as far as where the builder is from.

podride right front view

Four-wheel (quad) HPV recumbent with cloth body suspension and auxiliary electric motor.
Height: 180cm         Width: 75cm
Height: 145cm          Seat Height: 50cm
Weight: 70kg           Wheel: 20inch tires
Wheelbase: 88 cm  Turning radius: 1.75m

Motor: 250W electric bicycle hub
Speed: 25km / h with the engine
Range: 60km with motor

Front Axle: Shared swingarm with air suspension (8cm travel), lever steering , drum brakes

Rear axle: Shared swingarm with air suspension (10cm travel), driving on both rear wheels with dual coaster

Gear System: 18 speed before electricity hub and 14 speed after

podride front view

HERE is an article about this innovative vehicle.

podride inside front half open

And HERE is their Facebook page.

podride open

podride rear axle

podride rear view open

podride rear view

Yep, I can see folks using a vehicle like this to get around in … inexpensive to operate and protected from the weather.

podride driver looking thru windshield

podride front view out windshield in rain

BTW, the estimated cost is about 3000 Euros which right now equates to $3185 US.

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