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Electric Bike On 4 Wheels: The Podbike

by: Moon Apple
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This very peculiar vehicle reminds me of the Twike I read about years back. It has the same principle of generating electricity by pedaling, but in this case, its a 4-wheeler. Norwegian magazine Teknisk Ukeblad published an article on the new Podbike.
The black and white PodBike
The Podbike white and black color

Electric Bike On Four Wheels

Chief engineer and founder of Podbike Per Hassel Sorensen assures us that this is a bike, even if it looks like a car. He says it's a 4-wheel electric bike with features not found in any other bike. Hassel Sorensen has built his bikes from the age of 10, and at 17, he made a speed bike and tried to set a Norwegian record on the highway. A few years ago, he was seriously injured when a car hit him. While recovering, he tried out the so-called velomobile, a recumbent bike with three wheels and a fully enclosed cabin. He kept riding the velomobile, and eventually, it was significantly modified and converted into electrical operation. But later, instead of electrifying existing models, he designed an electric quad bike from scratch.

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Electric Bikes Have One Motor, The Podbike Has 3

The interior of the Podbike
Most electric bicycles have one motor. Podbike has 3, but one is used only as a generator. Each rear wheel has a built-in engine, and the front wheels used for steering are connected to a generator. Thus, the bike has no mechanical transmission for propulsion. A standard Podbike for $6,300 has four battery modules combined for a total capacity of 400 Wh. The bike is tested to consume an average of 5 Wh/km (8 Wh/mile). So the standard version will get you a range of 80 km (50 miles). The chassis should accommodate up to 18 battery modules, giving an electrical range of at least 300 km (186 miles). As a thumb of rule — in my own experience, standard e-bikes consume about 10 — 20 Wh/km (very prone to weather), so if this is for real, then it is all due to very efficient aerodynamics combined with dynamic, regenerative braking. I, for one, would like to see the documentation for this claim. The generator at the front wheels can produce 1500 watts, and a neat feature is that it will automatically apply regenerative braking when speed exceeds 60 km/h (37 mph).

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Electric-Bikes Have Built-In Climate Control.

One surprising thing that I have experienced on the tens of thousands of miles on e-bikes is that e-bikes have built-in climate control. Let me explain: In warm weather, you let the motor assist you enough not to break a sweat. In cold weather, you pedal without assistance the first couple of minutes to get warm and then turn up motor assistance just sufficient to prevent you from breaking a sweat. This works better than you would think. It keeps me warm and free from the effort in temperatures ranging from -10 to 25 C on a standard e-bike where you sit outdoors. So, I am confident that this principle will apply correctly to the Podbike. Since the pedals are just attached to the generator, it should be straightforward to adjust the conversion rate and the amount of muscle power you put into the system. The final version will have easy-entry with the transparent roof going back and the rear wheels actively elevating the rear of the vehicle. A very cool animation can be found at Podbike.com.

Podbike Bike Is Equipped With Hydraulic Disc Brakes For Safety.

Mr. Soren with his Podbike
Also, the bicycle is equipped with hydraulic disc brakes on the front wheels and mechanical brakes on the rear wheels. They are mechanical to also act as parking brakes. Even though the bike is relatively narrow, the bikes 64 kg chassis has a low center of gravity. Besides, the fully independent suspension on all wheels with adjustable dampers and built-in springs ensures that it will not roll over. And even though it is a small vehicle, it is still safer than an ordinary bike. Since launching the concept online, 600 orders have been placed from people around the world. Currently, Podbike is produced in Norway. Per Hassel Sorensen has this to add on the function and design of the Podbike: We are not aiming for today's cyclists with Podbike.

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We aim at the cyclists of the future and people who drive a car, but at the same time would like to bring the comfort of a vehicle to the simplicity of a bike. It looks great and will be very fun to use. You will choose your Podbike over your Tesla when it suits the purpose.

WhatsOrb embraces innovations. Electric 'bicycles' are a ‘transit innovation’ from which the battery is still a hazard for the environment. With mining lithium and cobalt in the DR of Congo is often child labor involved. Currently, a conventional bicycle without motor and battery is still the environmental way of transportation.

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I'm interested in everything that has to do with sustainability. My house is solar powered and I have my own water supply and filtering system.  I grow my own vegetables and fruit. Most of the time I go on the road by bicycle and for long distances I use public transport.

Luc Nagels - 5 WEEKS AGO
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Hello, I am Luc Nagels, author for a Belgian e-journal called 'Doorbraak': https://Doorbraak.be. I believe in 4 wheel e-bikes with weather protection qualities, driving safety, and some 100 km reach. We see a big rise of 2 wheel electric bikes in the Belgian roads. My questions are:
What is the present timing prediction of market penetration of a product such as a Podbike?
Why do I not see one in our bike shops who are almost unable to follow the increased demand in bicycles of all types?
Are there problems for the European public to get used to the idea (appearance) of 4-wheel e-bikes?
What do you expect from governments legislation, and road constructors, to create a better environment for 4-wheel weather protection e-bikes?

In a former article (in Dutch), I explained the readers why an e-car with a 500 kg battery with resource mining and recuperation problems of metals such as cobalt, lithium and nickel is not a good idea. Only 2% of the readers disagreed, but 98% reacted enthusiastically on the proposition to use the Li-ion battery in a more realistic setting such as well designed e-bikes and other light equipment.
I would like to write a follow-up article concerned with 4 wheel e-bikes. Where can I get relevant, recent, and realistic predictions on the development? Can I use one of your (cool) photo's of the vehicle in the article heading?

Wishing you success with the very good looking, and intelligent design,

Luc Nagels

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Dear Luc,

Thanks for your extended comment.

I found myself on https://www.podbike.com/products/podbike/ that production will start in 2021. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Kind regards,

Hans van der Broek
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Sajid - 30 WEEKS AGO
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Very nice car
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I'm interested in everything that has to do with sustainability. My house is solar powered and I have my own water supply and filtering system.  I grow my own vegetables and fruit. Most of the time I go on the road by bicycle and for long distances I use public transport.

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This very peculiar vehicle reminds me of the Twike I read about years back. It has the same principle of generating electricity by pedaling, but in this case, its a 4-wheeler. Norwegian magazine Teknisk Ukeblad published an article on the new Podbike. The Podbike white and black color Electric Bike On Four Wheels Chief engineer and founder of Podbike Per Hassel Sorensen assures us that this is a bike, even if it looks like a car. He says it's a 4-wheel electric bike with features not found in any other bike. Hassel Sorensen has built his bikes from the age of 10, and at 17, he made a speed bike and tried to set a Norwegian record on the highway. A few years ago, he was seriously injured when a car hit him. While recovering, he tried out the so-called velomobile, a recumbent bike with three wheels and a fully enclosed cabin. He kept riding the velomobile, and eventually, it was significantly modified and converted into electrical operation. 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As a thumb of rule — in my own experience, standard e-bikes consume about 10 — 20 Wh/km (very prone to weather), so if this is for real, then it is all due to very efficient aerodynamics combined with dynamic, regenerative braking. I, for one, would like to see the documentation for this claim. The generator at the front wheels can produce 1500 watts, and a neat feature is that it will automatically apply regenerative braking when speed exceeds 60 km/h (37 mph). Recommended:  Electric Car Birò: Recycled Before Production Electric-Bikes Have Built-In Climate Control. One surprising thing that I have experienced on the tens of thousands of miles on e-bikes is that e-bikes have built-in climate control. Let me explain: In warm weather, you let the motor assist you enough not to break a sweat. In cold weather, you pedal without assistance the first couple of minutes to get warm and then turn up motor assistance just sufficient to prevent you from breaking a sweat. This works better than you would think. It keeps me warm and free from the effort in temperatures ranging from -10 to 25 C on a standard e-bike where you sit outdoors. So, I am confident that this principle will apply correctly to the Podbike. Since the pedals are just attached to the generator, it should be straightforward to adjust the conversion rate and the amount of muscle power you put into the system. The final version will have easy-entry with the transparent roof going back and the rear wheels actively elevating the rear of the vehicle. A very cool animation can be found at Podbike.com. Podbike Bike Is Equipped With Hydraulic Disc Brakes For Safety. Also, the bicycle is equipped with hydraulic disc brakes on the front wheels and mechanical brakes on the rear wheels. They are mechanical to also act as parking brakes. Even though the bike is relatively narrow, the bikes 64 kg chassis has a low center of gravity. Besides, the fully independent suspension on all wheels with adjustable dampers and built-in springs ensures that it will not roll over. And even though it is a small vehicle, it is still safer than an ordinary bike. Since launching the concept online, 600 orders have been placed from people around the world. Currently, Podbike is produced in Norway. Per Hassel Sorensen has this to add on the function and design of the Podbike: We are not aiming for today's cyclists with Podbike. Recommended:  Guerrilla Cyclists Solving Urban Transport Problems: UK We aim at the cyclists of the future and people who drive a car, but at the same time would like to bring the comfort of a vehicle to the simplicity of a bike. It looks great and will be very fun to use. You will choose your Podbike over your Tesla when it suits the purpose. WhatsOrb embraces innovations. Electric 'bicycles' are a ‘transit innovation’ from which the battery is still a hazard for the environment. With mining lithium and cobalt in the DR of Congo is often child labor involved. Currently, a conventional bicycle without motor and battery is still the environmental way of transportation. Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric bikes? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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