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Twike : 2009

Manufactured by Fine Mobile in Germany.
Filed under:  Green
 
Comment(s): 102
 
 
MSRP Engine HP Manufactured
$35,000 336 volt, 3.3 kilowatt-hour nickel-cadmium battery n/a n/a
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The Twike is a human-electric hybrid vehicle (HEHV)/light electric vehicle (LEV) designed to carry two passengers and cargo. It can be driven in electric-only mode or electric + pedal power mode.


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Pedaling extends the range of the vehicle but does not substantially add to the vehicle's top speed. The vehicle cannot be driven solely by using pedal power. Regenerative antilock braking captures energy from deceleration to recharge computer-controlled batteries.

Constructed of lightweight materials (like aluminium and plastic), this 246 kg (542 lb) (unladen) tricycle vehicle uses a 336 volt, 3.3 kilowatt-hour nickel-cadmium battery or a 6 kilowatt-hour nickel metal hydride battery and 3 kilowatt electric motor for primary power to the drivetrain. The battery can be fully recharged from a common 230V house outlet in 1.5 to 2 hours (NiMH: 3 hours). Additional energy is reclaimed while driving through regenerative braking, and load is removed from the electric system by use of the pedalling system which transfers its input directly to the drivetrain (ie, both systems operate in parallel, not in series).

Twike owners, who often refer to themselves as Twike pilots, host periodic gatherings and tours in Europe and the United States to popularize the vehicle and celebrate its driving experience, which enthusiasts describe as an entertaining form of cardio-vascular exercise. Hosted primarily by the TWIKE KLUB organizations in Switzerland and Germany, such events have included rallies and tours of Europe and the U.S.

Method of Operation.
In motion, the Twike is controlled using a single joystick, more akin to the tiller on a sailboat than a computer 'drive-by-wire' joystick. It is generally capable of speeds up to 85 kilometers per hour (53 mph). Fully charged, the vehicle is capable of travelling between 40 and 90 kilometers (25–55 miles) per charge on the NiCd batteries, and up to 140 kilometers (90 miles) per charge on NiMh, depending on terrain, speed, driving style, weight of passengers and cargo, and of course the amount of pedaling by the pilot and passenger.

The Twike's on-board computer controls all aspects of battery charging, discharging and power utilization. Modification of user-controllable system parameters can significantly affect performance, yielding faster or slower acceleration and longer or shorter ranges (American Twike enthusiasts have reported achieving speeds in excess 105 km/h (65 mph)).

The production of Twike is sold out till June 2009.
They are now are taking reservations for the second half of the year 2009.

Prices start at approximately $35,000, delivered.

(text source: Wikipedia)


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COMMENTS
eurotive3264 days ago

LOL Cute name! Cute vehicle. Cool idea. But i think It would be more stable with two wheels at the front..

Yes,i agree with that. It is difficult to balance on three wheels but its a cool idea to implement.

Thesis Writing3233 days ago

Very nice to hear that the Twike's on-board computer controls all aspects of battery charging, discharging and power utilization.

This is really nice car. I think mechanical enginerrs have worked a lot in developing a car.
My seniors are working on wind energy conversion car.

Porch Awnings3216 days ago

What a great looking car is there.

Livecams3206 days ago

Great looking car, it kinda cute.

TestKing3198 days ago

Awesome, Very Cute name , nice looking.

camschat3174 days ago

Nice looking car, how stable it is on the roads, having 3 wheels.

thanks for sharing

I think mechanical enginerrs have worked a lot in developing a car.

exactly, It is difficult to balance on three wheels but its a cool idea to implement.

Seo Tips3173 days ago

Seems like a auto.

waterless cookware3162 days ago

Cute car guys :))

naot sandals3162 days ago

Awesome! Just awesome!!

sunbed tanning3162 days ago

Nice looking car, but I guess how stable it is on the roads, having 3 wheels?

JN0-5703153 days ago

That was somewhat humorous . . . thanks for the post!

Wacker Plate3136 days ago

excellent, thanks for sharing

seo company3127 days ago

It is very difficult to balance on three wheel, however it is very nice & cool. Nice sharing.

Folding Lawn Chairs3122 days ago

I've never seen a car like that before. Actually, it can be classified as a tricycle since it has only three wheels.

SEO Tips3121 days ago

Lovely car. Nice sharing.

Innovative3114 days ago

Lovely car. But, i think it is not available in my country. However nice information is shared. Thanks

Information Tech3109 days ago

Awesome info. Have a lot of fun & entertainment as well. This fascinating car really impress me to have a comment

Actual Test3105 days ago

It's really nice looking car. It has three wheel, difficult to balance

Play Sonic Games3102 days ago

The cartype showed here is something special it is like an auto rickshaw in other countries. I did saw this version in India.

Rabbit3089 days ago

love the name plus the funky design.

Chairs3074 days ago

The era of the gas-saving vehicles may be starting to take shape. But this Twike does not look appealing at all. I hope they could change its design to make it have more contemporary looks.

Ladders3071 days ago

That is very nice car, having lot of fun, unique thing but could be problem with its balance, because it has three wheel.

Top3058 days ago

Funny car, but it is not strong enough & also have three wheel as well. good looking as well.

nlavanya3044 days ago

Very nice to hear that the Twike's on-board computer controls all aspects of battery charging, discharging and power utilization.

sun3040 days ago

Thanks for providing nice & useful information about nice & funny car.

sey3000 days ago

Wow this "car" looks really cool for such little thing. It carries cargo, so I wonder if they could make it safe to carry a baby seat in the back? That would be really cool.

john2994 days ago

The bike is really nice and want to buy it for the hotel. The people can just use it to travel inside the hotel compound from one end to the other.
Regards,
--john--

wer2991 days ago

Wow the bike is so special and i didnt saw this before.

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John2984 days ago

This looks so cool! I'd love to have one of these drive around town for all my local errands and such. I couldn't see using it travel further than that. But hey, that's enough!

HL2980 days ago

I was going to say that I swear I seen one of these the other day and wondered what on earth it was. However, looks like it isn't available yet in the U.S. right? If that's the case, then it wasn't one of these!

Robin2979 days ago

Great stuff.

Nick2978 days ago

It's just so expensive that I can't imagine buying one. I think they should contact MDI to design something without batteries.

JY2932 days ago

I appreciate you taking the time to write all this up for us.

milan2920 days ago

I seen one of these the other day and wondered what on earth it was. However, looks like it isn't available yet in the U.S. right? If that's the case, then it wasn't one of these!

Milan2920 days ago

can be driven in electric-only mode or electric + pedal power mode.

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prof2861 days ago

I like this vehicles....very nice name

shrey2860 days ago

Hello,
You discussed here about nice topic.The Twike is a good electric hybrid vehicle (HEHV)/light electric vehicle (LEV) for two passenger. Good job ,Keep it up.

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It's just so expensive that I can't imagine buying one. I think they should contact MDI to design something without batteries.

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This vehicle looks very interesting and futuristic. I think it might become a good alternative to bicycles.

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Wow. Twike is quite a unique model and looking very easy to use.With bright hot red color favorite of almost all the people.

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I would have loved to really have one of those and to try it out! But for another reason the problem appears whether those are even available for people to buy?

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I am a fan of the twike, but as nice as it appears it has also priced itself out of the market as only well off people can afford one, you can get two cars maybe even 3 for the price of one of these and you can still carry more in a car, this vehicle looks and sounds great, but seriously needs to be on the market for less than the price of a cheap car as the asking price for even the cheapest model is utterly ridiculous or as we say in Britain, "taking the piss".

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