New vehicle brings Italian flair to the world of velomobiles
Perhaps you like the idea of cruising down the road sitting in something sleek and Italian, yet you're not really a "car person." Well, if that's the case, then the Barbagallo X01 might be for you. The single-seat vehicle uses a brushless electric motor to augment the rider's pedalling power, occupying a niche somewhere between bicycle and electric car.
Created by architect/industrial designer Giorgio R. G. Barbagallo, the X01 features a wooden monocoque body wrapped in carbon fiber.
Its polycarbonate hinged upper shell has a 120-watt SunPower solar panel built into the roof, to help charge the vehicle's 48V/30Ah lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack. One full charge (from an outlet, not the panel) takes a claimed four hours and should be good for a range of 70 km (43 miles). The battery can be removed for charging.
The X01's top motor-assisted speed is 25 km/h (16 mph).
Some of its other features include a full LED lighting system, front and rear coil/hydraulic suspension, a small cargo compartment, along with front and rear hydraulic disc braking. The vehicle's total weight – presumably in its current three-wheeled prototype form – is 55 kg (121 lb). Plans also call for a four-wheeled version to be manufactured (see image above).
If you're interested in getting one, you'll have to wait for a bit, as it's currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign. Different pledge levels are available, which will go towards the starting retail price of €15,000 (about US$15,969). Delivery isn't expected until June 2019.
In the meantime, you can watch the prototype in action, in the video below.