Back in 2017, we introduced you to a prototype electric moped called the Iris eTrike. Its designers have now given us images of the planned production version of the vehicle… and it’s breathtaking.
For a quick recap of our previous coverage, existing The Iris eTrike is basically a pedal-operated electric recumbent trike completely enclosed in a plastic fairing.
Like other EVs, it’s claimed to be more aerodynamic than conventional bikes, so it can reach higher speeds (with some effort) on flat roads and downhill. Trikes also allow the rider to sit in a more comfortable seat and also protect them from the elements. It was designed by British inventor/tech entrepreneur Grant Sinclair.
His uncle Sir Clive Sinclair created the famous Sinclair C5 A pedal electric tricycle from the 80s. Among other things, he was the creator of two of the first home computers, the ZX-81 and the Spectrum. Sir Clive’s son Crispin recently developed the Babel Bike, which he calls “the safest bike in the world”.
But back to Grant Sinclair’s Iris eTrike…
The just-released production model features a chrome-moly steel chassis, EPP (expanded polypropylene) foam body with polymer shell, clear plexiglass hinged roof with water-repellent coating, 9-speed drivetrain and relatively tall (but still reclinable) ) seating position that allows the rider to better see the surrounding road.
The production Iris also features a full LED lighting system (including headlights, turn indicators, bar lighting and brake/tail lights), a HEPA air filtration system, live video streaming to the 120-degree rear of the user’s docked smartphone cameras, and a cooling system that directs filtered air into the cabin.
With a choice of 250, 500 or 750 watt mid-drive motors, riders are enhanced in their pedaling ability, which will reportedly allow them to reach speeds in excess of 30 mph (48 km/h). The 48V/20-Ah lithium-ion battery is said to have a range of up to 30 miles on a single charge. The Iris rolls on carbon fiber wheels (24 inches at the front, 26 inches at the rear) wrapped in puncture-resistant Tannus cargo bike tires.
Some of its other features include a 100-liter (26-gallon) lockable cargo compartment, Spyre mechanical disc brakes, Shimano A530 SPD dual-sided pedals (for clipless or platform riding), and a backlit LED screen showing Data such as speed, distance traveled, battery charge and electric assist level. The whole thing measures 260cm long, 94cm wide and 128cm high (102in x 37in x 50in) and should end up weighing 50kg (110lbs).
The Iris eTrike is available now with a special pre-order price of £4,999 (approximately $6,252) and is available in black, silver and red. Shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.
source: Grant Sinclair.com