Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bridging the gap between a bicycle and car

The E-fox velomobile is a great eco friendly electric vehicle that is capable of replacing your car. It's more than an electric bike. With the costs of operating a car, not to mention all the pollution we were putting into the air, the creator of the E-fox knew there had to be a better way to commute to work and run errands. The E-fox was created by Jesse Stephenson, and is being manufactured by his company Nu Way 2 Commute which was born out of the need to bridge the gap between a bicycle and a car.
This three wheeled electric assisted, human powered velomobile is environmentally friendly and fills a void that gives substantial advantages over both a bike and a car. It has a roof rack to carry a surfboard as well as a trunk to carry groceries, and/or a book bag/laptop. The e-fox comes with rain doors that roll down in case of rain as well. According to the designer, the powerful, 500 watt, direct drive, hub motor does great on flat ground and in hills. The E-fox uses an existing Terra Trike Rover recumbent tricycle as its platform, onto which is added a fiberglass body shell with a windshield and rear window, a full lighting package and a 36-volt, 15-amp hour lithium battery. The velomobile weighs around 60kg and can carry a load up to 122 kg.
With the E-fox you can use the electric motor alone, just pedal without using the motor, or do both and should be able to travel for 48 km using the charge alone, this would be extended by adding in some pedalling. The battery takes 4-5 hours to charge.
Nu Way 2 Commute is raising funds for full production through Kickstarter to produce the first 10 production models of the E-fox. The money will cover the cost of materials and pay employees to build them.