Northerrn Light velomobile

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Northerrn Light velomobile

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£2799 for a UK made EAPC velomobile. Any takers? I would like to see it succeeed but I think they need to support type approval (as a moped?) to enable the 1000 watt motor to be legally used. https://www.northernlightmotors.com/
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Hadn't spotted that they were UK made. I love the look but....

- Needs to have mechanical drive option; as you say the current EAPC regulations aren't really clear about what power you can transmit through an electrical drive train.
- They need to extend that bodywork rearwards and enclose the rear wheel.
- Whilst they're at it they should put fairings on both front wheels (also good light mounting points)

- Ground clearance looks terrible
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The rather large nut and bolt arrangement, with exposed threads, holding the front wheels on, looks a bit...... :roll:
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Interesting, love to try one but way more than I can afford.
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Love the look but agree with the comments made above.
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I don't think that the axle system looks durable, especially if they are going to offer it with the higher wattage motor.

This one is a little dearer https://www.podbike.com/products/podbike/
But it is legally a bike (e assist from 250 W motor limited to 25 kph), and can be used on bike paths, as well as the road. Also, the structural design is better.

I tried one a couple of years ago & liked it. I think they are good value for money, though I would have trouble justifying one at the moment.

I'm afraid it's Norwegian, rather than British, though.
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The pod looks like it could get really warm in sunny weather.

Not that that's often an issue in the UK, but it's currently glorious blue sky outside (you can tell because it's a working day)/.

No doubt tomorrow will be cloudy in the morning (solar eclipse) and the weekend will be wet.
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Vorpal wrote: 9 Jun 2021, 9:37amThis one is a little dearer https://www.podbike.com/products/podbike/
But it is legally a bike (e assist from 250 W motor limited to 25 kph), and can be used on bike paths, as well as the road. Also, the structural design is better.

I tried one a couple of years ago & liked it. I think they are good value for money, though I would have trouble justifying one at the moment.
The phd thesis behind it seems an interesting read (although, at 215 pages, a long one that I've only skimmed so far). 90kg unladen weight isn't going to help hill climbing, though, unless the 250W e-drive is capable of serious overloading ;) I await review of a production model 'with interest'.
Vorpal wrote: 9 Jun 2021, 9:37amI'm afraid it's Norwegian, rather than British, though.
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[XAP]Bob wrote: 9 Jun 2021, 11:47am The pod looks like it could get really warm in sunny weather.
The phd thesis covers this, but I've not examined his calculations in detail, other than to observe that cooling fans are involved.
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squeaker wrote: 9 Jun 2021, 11:52am 90kg unladen weight isn't going to help hill climbing, though, unless the 250W e-drive is capable of serious overloading ;)
I did a quick fag packet calculation & figure that the motor is more than enough to make up for the extra weight for the vast majority of cicumstances. I guess if it is hilly, you'd want the extra batteries, and being a recumbent, it will likely be slower up hill, and faster down.
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[XAP]Bob wrote: 9 Jun 2021, 11:47am The pod looks like it could get really warm in sunny weather.
The phd thesis covers this, but I've not examined his calculations in detail, other than to observe that cooling fans are involved.
It was a warm, sunny day when I tried one, and with the top closed, it was only a little warmer than with it open. I don't think I'd want to ride one across Death Valley, but I would think it would be fine for most summer conditions in Northern Europe. For other climates, you can buy an extra blower for it (80 l/s), there is a plan to introduce a 'power blower', and the canopy is removable.
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Would be great if these were tested like the scooters, has anyone seen the Sinclair new model?
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