Urban Transport

Trikelet claims title of world's smallest foldable electric vehicle

The Trikelet has an unfolded wheelbase of 31 in (800 mm) and a stance of only 11 in (290 mm)
The Trikelet has an unfolded wheelbase of 31 in (800 mm) and a stance of only 11 in (290 mm)
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The Trikelet prototype weighs in at around 26 lb (12 kg) and has a range of roughly 15 km (9.3 mi)
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The Trikelet prototype weighs in at around 26 lb (12 kg) and has a range of roughly 15 km (9.3 mi)
Trikelet BV proclaims its luggage sized scooter as the “most compact, foldable electric vehicle in the world"
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Trikelet BV proclaims its luggage sized scooter as the “most compact, foldable electric vehicle in the world"
Trikelet BV designed the e-scooter so it can carry small bags of groceries in the forward storage area
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Trikelet BV designed the e-scooter so it can carry small bags of groceries in the forward storage area
Using a 500-700 W motor, the Trikelet reportedly has a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) with electricity consumption under full load anticipated to be around 1kWh per 70 km (43.5 mi)
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Using a 500-700 W motor, the Trikelet reportedly has a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) with electricity consumption under full load anticipated to be around 1kWh per 70 km (43.5 mi)
Upon arriving at the destination, users simply fold the electric trike up and trolley it onto the train like a piece of luggage
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Upon arriving at the destination, users simply fold the electric trike up and trolley it onto the train like a piece of luggage
The Trikelet has an unfolded wheelbase of 31 in (800 mm) and a stance of only 11 in (290 mm)
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The Trikelet has an unfolded wheelbase of 31 in (800 mm) and a stance of only 11 in (290 mm)
The Trikelet’s unique portable, foldable design means it can accompany the user from point A to B with minimal travel disruption
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The Trikelet’s unique portable, foldable design means it can accompany the user from point A to B with minimal travel disruption
Should the scooter make it to market, Trikelet BV anticipates a retail price in the range of US$1,400 to $2000
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Should the scooter make it to market, Trikelet BV anticipates a retail price in the range of US$1,400 to $2000
The stand-up steering post also doubles as the scooter's pulling device when transporting about train stations
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The stand-up steering post also doubles as the scooter's pulling device when transporting about train stations
Both the Trikelet's front and rear wheels fold up into the design in order to keep size to a minimum
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Both the Trikelet's front and rear wheels fold up into the design in order to keep size to a minimum
The Trikelet’s design not only provides portability but also ensures water or dirt collected during the trip is contained inside the unit
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The Trikelet’s design not only provides portability but also ensures water or dirt collected during the trip is contained inside the unit
The Trikelet has an unfolded wheelbase of 31 in (800 mm) and a stance of only 11 in (290 mm)
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The Trikelet has an unfolded wheelbase of 31 in (800 mm) and a stance of only 11 in (290 mm)
The Trikelet
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The Trikelet
The Trikelet reportedly has a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph)
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The Trikelet reportedly has a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph)
Trikelet is compact and foldable enough to fit easily into the boot or trunk of most cars
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Trikelet is compact and foldable enough to fit easily into the boot or trunk of most cars
Trikelet's design means the scooter can be placed in luggage spaces without the need for wheel or undercarriage cleaning
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Trikelet's design means the scooter can be placed in luggage spaces without the need for wheel or undercarriage cleaning

Over the past few years we’ve seen no shortage of new electric scooter designs, and prominent among them are those that fold-up to become the ideal urban commuting weapon. Dutch-based Trikelet BV is looking to add to this list with a 3-wheeler billed as the "most compact, foldable electric vehicle in the world."

According to the designers, current prototypes of the Trikelet use a 500-700 W motor to achieve a range of roughly 15 km (9.3 mi), a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) and reportedly consume 1 kWh of electricity per 70 km (43.5 mi) under full load.

The scooter weighs in at around 26 lb (12 kg) and when unfolded it sports a very small footprint of 31 x11 in (800 x 290 mm), but real party trick is the clever folding mechanism.

Both the Trikelet's front and rear wheels fold up into the design in order to keep size to a minimum
Both the Trikelet's front and rear wheels fold up into the design in order to keep size to a minimum

Upon arriving at the destination, users simply fold the electric trike up and trolley it onto the train like a piece of luggage. The Trikelet’s design not only provides portability but also ensures water or dirt collected during the trip is contained. This clever little design element means the scooter can be placed in luggage spaces without the need for wheel or undercarriage cleaning.

Trikelet BV proclaims its luggage sized scooter as the “most compact, foldable electric vehicle in the world"
Trikelet BV proclaims its luggage sized scooter as the “most compact, foldable electric vehicle in the world"

The Trikelet is still under development, with the company seeking additional financing to take the electric scooter from a prototype to a fully tested, certified product. Should the scooter make it to market, Trikelet BV anticipates a retail price in the range of US$1400 - $2000.

Check out the Triklet's folding action on the video below.

Source: Trikelet

Trikelet - The most compact foldable electric vehicle in the world

8 comments
David Choy
IMO awfully similar but inferior to URB-E (at least in terms of range and utility)
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is really neat. Looks like it would be great for the 'last mile' from public transportation to office. It seems like a great way to get around a city.
Leonard Foster Jr
???? my old go motorboard on li-ion is smaller lighter faster and has more range and cheaper than this scooter.
Anton Schaap
URB-E is much bigger when folded and also not as clean when folded.
steveraxx
Evidently the majority of comments on Gizmag will be negative. Odd how so many people who claim to have a superior idea have no product on sale to the public. Yes...very odd that. Great design.
Heikki Kääriäinen
I have invented a 3-wheel urban transport which folds, carries easily 30 kilos of luggage or cargo, weighs less than 13kg and best of all the range is limited only by the fitness of the rider. The rider is the motor and I have proven that it does not need a motor. What is the thing about putting a motor into kick scooters and skateboards, laziness I guess? But I should stop talking and go crowdfunding to finance my idea?
Dario Tepotec
I don't wish to be all, "I know better - I know better" ... so I'll just leave this link here http://micro.ms/shop/product/e_micro_one/
GzmagGirl
Kääriäinen Heikki Haykey, you ask if people's laziness is the reason for motorizing scooters. Perhaps some people are lazy, or some prefer to arrive at their destination non-sweaty while enjoying the option of traveling in the fresh air. Motorized scooters, bicycles, etc offer a sweat-free rapid transportation option more economical & earth friendly than cars.