Canyon Builds Futuristic ‘Podbike’: Half Automotive, Half Bike, Full Potential
Canyon’s newest ‘bike’ makes a daring declare — that it could possibly be the subsequent main idea in city transportation.
At the moment, Canyon Bikes revealed two new e-bikes that target the “way forward for mobility.” However as cool as e-bikes are, the actual pleasure lies in Canyon’s Future Mobility Idea — a pedal-powered automobile that blurs the strains between e-bike and automobile — additionally introduced right this moment.
Canyon’s constructed its idea automobile round three issues: being higher for the surroundings, adapting to each streets and bike lanes, and mixing the facility of an e-bike with the outside design (and inside comforts) of a automobile.
Whereas it seems to be like a small automobile, that is nonetheless very a lot a bicycle: like a handbook or e-powered recumbent, the Canyon podbike depends on a consumer pedaling to energy the automobile. Steering “handlebars,” or joysticks, are situated on both aspect of the rider.
Nevertheless, in contrast to a motorbike, Canyon’s idea automobile has 4 wheels, a passenger or storage space, and a completely enclosed inside to guard the rider from the climate. It is going to even have entrance and rear headlights, a heating system, and wipers.
The kicker? It’s compact sufficient to slot in a motorbike lane however quick sufficient — and geared up sufficient — to carry out like a automobile on some streets.
Canyon Future Mobility Idea Specs
- Wheelbase: 1,680 mm (5.5 ft.)
- Turning radius: 7 m (23 ft.; about the identical as a Jeep Gladiator)
- High pace in pedal mode: 60 kph (37 mph)
- Deliberate vary: 150 km (93 miles)
- Options: E-charging, open-capsule possibility, console with smartphone integration
- Value: Unknown
“The idea is not only a novel imaginative and prescient for the way forward for city mobility, it lays the groundwork for creating bicycles and forward-thinking ideas that allow [users] to seamlessly transfer between roads and bike infrastructure alike. That is the long run,” Canyon wrote in its press launch.
So, how a lot will it value? That’s an enormous and vital query for folks contemplating this as a “each day driver.” However like many idea automobiles, Canyon didn’t give us that element on this tease.
So for now, we’ll maintain a lookout for extra details about this fascinating marriage of electrical automobile and enclosed recumbent. It simply might present a mobility spine for cities of the long run.