Not so The Vegan, a trike that promises to deliver the unicorn equivalent of the EV industry. It’s a fully-enclosed tricycle that’s hybrid-electric, self-charging and solar-powered, but also incredibly lightweight yet reliable. It’s basically as easy to operate as a standard bicycle, but comes with all the comforts and safety of an actual car – or, at the very least, a chunk of both. And it’s dirt cheap, too!
The Vegan is dubbed “the world’s first lightweight multipurpose hybrid electric-self-charging solar tricycle,” according to the campaign description. That’s a mouthful alright, and it would be an attention-grabber even without the promise that one such EV could sell for as little as $1,400 – basically less than what you pay today for a mid-range e-bike.
With an aluminum chassis and a carbon-fiber-enforced fiberglass body, The Vegan weighs 175 kg (386 pounds) with battery, and has a total payload of 300+ kg (661+ pounds). Despite its light weight, it’s stable, the designers say, because it has two wheels in the front. Seating inside is for three people (one in the front and two in the back), but you can easily squeeze in four people in total if they’re of a smaller size. The two seats in the back can fold down, and you can turn The Vegan into a cargo trike.
A rechargeable, hot-swappable acid-gel 88 Ah battery is good for 90 to 95 km (56 to 59 miles) on a single charge, but remember, this is a hybrid trike and you can also extend that range with solar power. To that end, you have a panel of 120 watts on the roof and it, together with regen braking, will take the estimated range all the way up to 120+ km (74.5+ miles). If you carry a spare battery, you can double it. A full charge is achieved in 4.4 hours for the battery and 10.2 hours with the solar panel, the designers estimate.
If all this didn’t blow you away, there’s also the promise of using only high-quality materials and parts, from the windows to the seats, and the front and rear suspension. Inside, there would be GPS-tracking, unspecified “high-end safety features,” and even a 12V AC outlet for gadgets like Blu speakers and phone charger.
A fully-electric unicorn on three wheels, we told you.