20/05/2024
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Grant Sinclair, a designer and technology entrepreneur from England, has created a car-hybrid bicycle known as the Iris eTrike. This innovative model boasts a top speed of 48 km/h and can accommodate up to 100 kg of luggage.

Designer Grant Sinclair drives the Iris eTrike.  Photo: Grant Sinclair.
Designer Grant Sinclair drives the Iris eTrike. Photo: Grant Sinclair.

The hybrid bike boasts enhanced aerodynamics compared to a standard bike, enabling it to achieve higher speeds on flat terrain or downhill slopes.

The Iris eTrike features a sturdy chromoly steel frame and a body made of expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam with a polymer shell. Its roof is crafted from transparent thermoplastic material and is coated with a waterproof layer. The trike is equipped with a 9-speed transmission. Not only does it offer a comfortable and elevated seating position for drivers, but it also shields them from harsh weather conditions while enabling clear visibility of the surrounding roads.

The Iris eTrike features a comprehensive LED lighting setup that includes headlights, turn signals, rim lights, and brake lights. Additionally, the vehicle comes equipped with a standard air filtration system, a rear view camera offering a 120-degree field of vision, and a cooler that brings filtered air into the cabin.

With the assistance of the drive motor, which offers power levels of 250, 500, or 750 watts, the driver can achieve speeds exceeding 48 km/h by exerting force on the pedal. The car is equipped with carbon wheels and Tannus anti-puncture tires.

The hybrid car-bike model comes with a lithium-ion battery pack of 48V/20 amp-hour, allowing it to cover a distance of over 48 km.

The dashboard of the vehicle features an LED screen, which conveniently showcases information including speed, distance covered, battery capacity, and the level of electric assistance provided.

The car is small in size, measuring 260 cm in length, 94 cm in width, and 128 cm in height. Despite its compact dimensions, it weighs 50 kg and surprisingly has a cargo compartment that can hold up to 100 liters. Customers have the option to pre-order the Iris eTrike and can expect to receive the vehicle in the first quarter of the upcoming year.