Tilting e-quad gets tilting trike stablemate
E-bikes are a great alternative to a commute by car, and are not quite the lazy cycling option some folks believe them to be. But if you want a little more stability combined with a tight turning circle, Poland's Jack Skopinski has built an electric-assist tricycle that makes use of the same exposed tilting mechanism as his wonderfully industrial-looking EV4 quad bike.
Skopinski says that his EV4 tricycle is designed for "sensational cornering in the urban jungle," but that the tilting mechanism and suspension system also makes it a good fit for off-road adventures.
The 150 cm long, 60 cm wide and 110 cm in height (59 x 23.6 x 43.3 in) e-trike has a 36 V, 13 Ah in-frame battery pack and a 250 W brushless electric motor for a pedal-assist range of up to 80 km (50 miles) and 25 km/h (16 mph) top speed. The battery takes about 4 hours to charge.
The e-trike has a similar design aesthetic to the last year's quad, with lots of rivets, bolts and metal sheeting attached to its aluminum frame, which has a wire basket behind the seat for carrying shopping or travel essentials.
The 16-inch front wheels are connected to the same mechanical tilting system as seen on the four-wheeler, but there's just the one 20-inch wheel to the rear. All three wheels have hydraulic disc brakes and two DT Swiss shock absorbers help smooth out the bumps. A mid-handlebar cycling computer shows performance data.
The EV4 trike tips the scales at 35 kg (77 lb), including the battery, and is built to order for €2,000 (about US$2,200). Skopinski told us that it takes around 2 months to build and ship.
You can see the creator zipping around on an EV4 trike in the video below.