Needs to be addressed
- To get around in a vehicle that is practical, ergonomic, environmentally friendly, quiet and non-polluting, multi-purpose and comfortable to ride in good or bad weather.
- Reduce our dependence to cars and related pollution.
- Reduce traffic congestion, 19M cars in Canada.
- Offer a healthy alternative to motorists.
According to a USA study published in 2009, few people find the bicycle useful for distances greater than 5 km (3 miles). Thus, 85% of all cycling trips cover less than 5 km! In contrast, the average car journey reaches 15.5 km in the USA and the average commute to work is 19.5 km. We can conclude that the bicycle is not a viable alternative to the car.
- Cruising speed from 10 to 25 km/h = could translate in too much travel time.
- Wet cyclist (by sweat and / or rain) or frozen in cold weather.
- Possible impact on the body: wrists, back, shoulders, neck, buttocks.
Currently, an electrical assisted bicycle solves some, but not all of these problems. The electric motor can be used to reach the destination faster, or with less effort, however the cyclist remains exposed to the weather. Longer travel would be uncomfortable.
Improves your general fitness
Protects against rain, wind and cold
Reduces neck, wrist, buttock pain
Allows savings on gym membership fees, gas, parking, insurance, ...
Increases your VISIBILITY therefore your are SAFER on the road
Zero emission of GHG
Brings you further with greater ease
Innovation in ACTIVE eco-mobility!
- Replace a 2nd car
- Going to Work
- Ride day or night in a well lit vehicle
- Ride through all four seasons using winter tires
- As rental at recreation centers and parks near bike paths
- Can be customized for advertising purposes
- To have fun!
In Canada and the United States, velomobiles are classified under electrically assisted bicycles and tricycles. As a rule, electrical assisted cycles are limited to a maximum 32 km/hr (20 mph). A speed of 3 km/hr (2 mph) is required to engage the throttle mode. The maximum motor power is limited to 500W in Canada and 750W in the United States. No license or insurance is required to own or use a power-assisted velomobile.
Similar laws apply in Europe, although the maximum speed permitted in assisted mode, is 25 km/hr with a maximum motor power of 250W.