GinzVelo starts with an ICE Adventure recumbent trike and adds a fiberglass and foam core body to protect the rider. The GinzVelo takes the form of a recumbent tricycle surrounded by a sleek fiberglass and foam core body shell, which is the basic design used by most velomobiles. The shell aids in aerodynamics, shields the rider from the elements, and may also offer a degree of crash protection.
Because they tend to be a lot heavier than bicycles, many velomobiles feature an electric-assist motor. In the case of the 85-lb (39-kg) GinzVelo, a 48-volt 20-Ah lithium-polymer battery-powered 500-watt brushless hub motor is used to augment the rider’s own pedaling power, or to work purely in throttle mode.
Standard cruising speed is 20 miles per hour and pedaling allows the speed to top out around 30 miles per hour for a range of 75 to 100 miles (120 to 161 km). That range is increased if the rider is willing to do some pedaling.
The GinzVelo features full front and rear LED lighting with turn signals and brake lights, side mirrors, a hinged canopy for entry and exit, and a ventilation system that incorporates the wheel openings and a vent in the back. Also it has back storage space for any bag or backpack.
GinzVelo starts with an ICE Adventure recumbent trike and adds a fiberglass and foam core body to protect the rider. The vehicle is classified as a bicycle, rides on sidewalks and takes up less space than a car.
Its makers hope the vehicle can revolutionize the way people travel in cities and small communities, especially in regards to the dreaded work commute. GinzVelo is more aimed towards people weighing less than 205 lbs, as well as those with back or leg issues since the bike is a low-impact vehicle, the Daily Mail noted. Also its makers are working with wounded veterans to give those with disabilities greater access to the bike.