The German electric continues its positive dynamism. This time the issue at stake is Twike, which has undertaken the necessary crowdfunding to start the production of the fifth generation of its electric pedal tricycle, established at 2 million Euros.
The name Twike has already been present since the Nineties, when they launched a pedal tricycle, highly appreciated in Germany and Switzerland. The release of the new number-5 model is expected by 2023: a two-seater tricycle with aerodynamic bodywork and a propulsion system resembling pedal assisted bikes, then the legs’ force operates the electric motor that provides the propulsion to rear wheels. The motor has maximum power of 70 kW and a top speed of 190 km/h.
Relevant should be the autonomy supplied by 36 kWh lithium-ion batteries, estimated in 500 km thanks to a foreseen average consumption of 7.2 kWh/100 km. The top version should be joined by a cheaper one with speed limited to 130 km/h and accumulators’ halved size, as well as the mileage. Among the provided technologies, it is worth highlighting the sidestick steering composed by two “joysticks”, one for each hand, and the possibility of “power supply” also from CCS fast-charge columns. Moreover, the Twike 5 should be prearranged for the Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and for the Vehicle to Home (V2H), that is to say batteries’ connection to the national or domestic energy grid.