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Old 05-12-2007, 12:02 PM
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The TWIKE is a human-powered/electric hybrid Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) designed to carry two passengers and cargo. It can be driven in electric-only mode or electric + pedal power mode. Originally developed in Switzerland, the TWIKE is now manufactured in Germany by Fine Mobile GmbH and may be driven on public roads by drivers with a full driving license.

Constructed of lightweight materials (like aluminium and plastic), this 246 kg (542 lb) (unladen) tricycle vehicle uses a 336 volt, 3.3 kilowatt-hour nickel-cadmium battery or a 6 kilowatt-hour nickel metal hydride battery and 3 kilowatt electric motor for primary power to the drivetrain. The battery can be fully recharged from a common 230V house outlet in 1.5 to 2 hours (NiMH: 3 hours). Additional energy is reclaimed while driving through regenerative braking, and load is removed from the electric system by use of the pedalling system which transfers its input directly to the drivetrain (ie, both systems operate in parallel, not in series).

Pedaling extends the range of the vehicle but does not substantially add to the vehicle's top speed. The vehicle cannot be driven solely by using pedal power.

It is generally capable of speeds up to 85 kilometers per hour (53 mph). Fully charged, the vehicle is capable of travelling between 40 and 90 kilometers (25–55 miles) per charge on the NiCd batteries, and up to 90 miles (140 km) per charge on NiMh, depending on terrain, speed, driving style, weight of passengers and cargo, and of course the amount of pedaling by the pilot and passenger.

Normal pricing for a TWIKE is between 17.800 € to 32.200 €, depending on the model chosen.

Sources: twike.com, wikipedia.org
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:10 PM
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A real pity of the price tag. But as you can imagine with a vehicle like this the development costs are way too high ! Pity, because this thing could sell...
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:19 PM
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A real pity of the price tag. But as you can imagine with a vehicle like this the development costs are way too high ! Pity, because this thing could sell...
Yep, the price tag is outrageous. Thirty-bloody-thousand euros?!?

I like the overall concept, but there is absolutely no way I would pay that amount money for a fancy bicycle.
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:19 PM
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That's another Sinclair C5, right there!
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:30 PM
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Looks like someone thought it'd be funny to swap the guys keyboard letters around before he named it.
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That thing is way too pricey, what are they thinking? I would love to see these things selling for cheap, there could be a nice market for them.
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Old 05-12-2007, 01:34 PM
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Wow, this thing is not going to sell like hotcakes. A tarted up trike like this? I'd rather get a hybrid than this.
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Without commenting on the price, this thing is awful.
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Seems like an answer to a question that no one asked, or, at least, no one should have asked.
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i'd perfer a block of cheese over this
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Old 05-13-2007, 02:17 AM
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Amazingly, they've managed to sell more than 750 units over the last 10 years. There are plenty of filthy rich tree-huggers, I suppose.
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Amazingly, they've managed to sell more than 750 units over the last 10 years. There are plenty of filthy rich tree-huggers, I suppose.
Sure, with no taste.

Greenpeace probably has a fleet of these.
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Old 05-15-2007, 12:44 PM
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How utterly dull, imo.
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Old 05-15-2007, 01:39 PM
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Sure, with no taste.
No no no! You've got it all wrong.

Rich people without any taste prefer cars like Lincoln Navigator/Porsche Cayenne/Hummer etc. That is Level One. Those who are buying vehicles like Twike have reached Level Two - slightly eccentric, bit wacko, but loaded with cash and looking for something different.
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