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Tilting e-trike rides like a land-going personal watercraft

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The Uready tilting electric trike is currently on Kickstarter
The Uready tilting electric trike is currently on Kickstarter
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The Uready, pictured here with a suspension fork and a child seat
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The Uready, pictured here with a suspension fork and a child seat
The Uready tilting electric trike is currently on Kickstarter
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The Uready tilting electric trike is currently on Kickstarter

Ordinarily, riding an electric scooter doesn't feel that much like riding a Jet Ski. Germany-based entrepreneur Oguzhan Abayrak has set out to make it more so, though, with his Uready tilting e-trike.

Currently in functioning prototype form, the Uready features an aluminum frame that allows riders to lean into turns. It also has a 500-watt front hub motor, along with front and rear disc brakes.

Utilizing a thumb throttle switch, users can attain a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph). One charge of the removable frame-integrated lithium battery should reportedly be good for a range of about 35 km (22 miles), although that can be doubled by adding an optional second battery.

The Uready, pictured here with a suspension fork and a child seat
The Uready, pictured here with a suspension fork and a child seat

Riders stand on a couple of fold-down footrests. When parking the trike, they can lock its frame to keep it upright, plus they can engage a parking brake to keep the thing from rolling away. What's more, Abayrak tells us that he and his team are working on making the vehicle foldable.

Plans call for an initial run of 45 trikes to be manufactured, hopefully followed by larger-scale production. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise funds, with a pledge of €3,900 (about US$4,692) required for a trike with one battery – shipping should take place in September, if everything goes according to plans. In the meantime, you can see the Uready in action, in the video below.

Another tilting e-trike, the Tris Bike, put the two wheels in front and used its motor to augment the rider's pedalling power … but it failed to meet its Kickstarter goal.

Source: Kickstarter

Uready tilting e-trike

8 comments
8 comments
AladdinConnolly
Those specs. The price should be under $1200. No chance it will get traction at that price.
Lamar Havard
No seat, no deal. Besides...$4,700?! What's the thing MADE of...WOOD?!
Galen Sjostrom
Did they really end the video with the trike stalling out trying to climb a hill? Because with a front hub motor it seems there's a STRONG likelihood of that happening...
Truth in advertising, I guess.
ArdisLille
That poor guy had to clutch his little purchase all the way home. How about a basket? And what are the chances that riders will lock their knees, reducing the safety of our human suspension system?
Jinpa
Looks like an accident waiting to happen. The two-wheel axle should be in the front, to obviate tipping over.
JeffK
Definitely needs a seat, standing in one position like that is harder than walking. Just once I'd like to see a video of an electric personal vehicle without a musical sound track covering their one huge advantage over ICE power; they are quiet.
AdamT
Reinventing the wheel, but a bit out of round? A company called Trikke has been making a similar product for years, but it's much more powerful, already foldable, and has a proven track record. https://trikkemobility.com/defender-48v-2wd/
ljaques
You'd think that for almost FIVE GRAND, they'd at least include suspension for the bloody things. When I see greed like this, I wish for creative people to design an =improved= clone of the thing and put the blueprints on the internet, free of charge. P.S: Why do you have to lean into a meandering 12mph turn? LOL Galen, hub motors are very torquey. With the smaller wheel, that should be able to pull a 125 kilo person practically up a cliff.