As expected, the first lucky customers to receive their one-of-a-kind e-bikes will be those in Norway, since it is the closest to Podbike’s Research & Development department. Germany is also on top of the list, as many of the company’s clients are from that country.
The Frikar is meant to replace short distance car travel, being a great solution to both avoiding high traffic and reducing emissions. This re-invented velomobile, as Podbike likes to call it, is designed for the Nordic climate, offering complete weather protection. As extra options, you can also benefit from heating and a filtered air cabin. During hot days, you can remove the canopy.
This single-seater (you can also opt for an additional child seat) passes as a cycle in Europe, which means you don’t require a license and you can use it on bike lanes. It measures 2,3 m (7.5 ft) in length and 0.84 m (2.7 ft) in width, being able to fit people with a maximum height of 2 m (6.5 ft).
While it operates like a bike, featuring functional pedals, their purpose is to power a generator, with no chain or belt being part of the scheme. Unlike regular e-bikes, the Frikar packs three motors, with two of them serving as electronic transmission and another one acting as assist motor/electronic brake. Although the speed is technically limited to 25 kph (16 mph) due to European regulations, by continuing to pedal, you can reach up to 60 kph (37 mph) downhill, depending on factors such as rolling resistance, inclination, etc.
The Podbike Frikar is powered by an 877 Wh battery that promises up to 80 km (50 miles) on a range. You can further extend that range via a power module that allows you to carry two battery packs.
Right now, pricing for the four-wheeled e-bike starts at €6,250 (approximately $7,100).