Solar-powered electric tricycle revealed at CES 2020 can squeeze into tight parking spaces
The future of urban mobility has arrived at CES 2020 with a cross on solar energy between a bicycle and an electric car.
The Wello Family car-bike hybrid has a built-in rechargeable battery and solar panels on the roof to help you with your load while you pedal.
The three-wheeled vehicle is powered by a pair of conventional pedals, just like a standard pedal bike.
Only with the addition of battery power and sunlight does it begin to run beyond the speed of mere manpower.
The tricycle is 2.7 feet wide, making it perfect to navigate between cars and tight spots
The car also uses Bluetooth to connect to an associated app, which offers live traffic updates to the driver or – for a safer alternative – the passenger.
It is hoped that the bicycle, specially built for people in urban areas, will help alleviate road congestion by encouraging them to leave their cars in the driveway.
This can not only block the roads and make people work faster, but also reduce the amount of CO2 emissions per city.
The total speed range of Wello Family is between approximately 15 to 25 miles per hour (25 to 40 km per hour).
The bike was developed by Wello, a company based on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.
Just like any other bicycle, Wello Family can sail on the bicycle lane, thus preventing urban congestion
The company says the bicycle is particularly suitable for daily journeys in urban areas and is ideal for short deliveries and commuter journeys.
“In the smart city era, sustainable mobility is one of the greatest challenges facing today’s city,” the company says.
“Imagine being able to move around in an urban environment, combining speed, safety, comfort, carrying capacity and respect for the environment.”
Wello Family combines the lightness and slenderness of a bicycle, but with the advantages of a car, such as its comfortable seats, space for passengers and protection of the windshield against insects.
A CES participant sets a mirror on the Wello tricycle, which can be shifted to speeds up to 25 km / h
The vehicle is made for an adult in front and another adult, or two children, in a space at the rear.
Alternatively, if the peddler is traveling alone, the rear seat can turn into a storage boot for the driver’s shopping bags.
It also features mirrors, rear lights and a robust outer shell, which means that bicycle users finally have a little extra protection against surrounding travelers.
It is 7.4 feet long and only 2.7 feet wide, which means it is thin enough to sail along the bicycle lane and can fill those annoying gaps between cars in parking places along the road.
It does it easily: the previous Wello prototype, as demonstrated on the roads, has a slender construction, which means that cars can easily catch up if you travel to your liking
Riders do not need insurance and can use cycle paths.
Wello still has to respond to MailOnline whether the new bicycle can be used on public roads.
The bike is available to order now at 7,900 euros – around $ 8,820 or £ 6,620 – according to CNET, or cheaper without the solar panels.
An associated app acts as the user dashboard and displays information such as speed, battery usage, remaining charge on the solar panels and also shows other Wello Family bicycle users moving in real time over a map.
What’s more, it is also a more environmentally friendly option that produces zero carbon dioxide emissions per kilometer traveled.
According to the EU, transport is responsible for almost 30 percent of the total CO2 emissions of the EU, of which 72 percent comes from road transport.
This extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases the greenhouse effect, retains heat and increases the average global temperatures.
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Lenovo has shown its foldable PC with a 13.3-inch screen that, according to him, is more durable than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.
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