Founder of ENVO Drive Systems, Ali Kazemkhani provides an insightful update on the latest innovative street-velomobile prototype.
There is no denying that Canadians thoroughly enjoy bicycling all year round, not only to reduce their carbon footprint but also as a form of leisure and exercise. However, as most Canadians witness, Canadian weather across the nation at most times is unpredictable, cold, and wet for more than half the time. For the last year and a half, creator and cycling enthusiast Ali has worked tirelessly to design a legal street tricycle that is durable and lightweight and compatible with all types of Canadian weather after realizing there has been a gap in the market years.
Most notably, and widespread are the Elf by Organic Transit was founded in 2016. While the weather-protected electric tricycle was popular amongst a select few, the business recently filed for bankruptcy back in 2018. While Organic Transit made no official statements, the manufacturer suggested the retail price of $9,500 USD was considerably high compared to the quality of the actual product. Thus, ending the availability of such products on the market for consumers until now.
Before deciding to invest in their prototype, the team behind ENVO Drive Systems diligently investigated why this class of mobility is not supported by mature products, or products available for consumers to buy. They found various reasons, including:
Considering these transportable challenges, Ali Kazemkhani, the founder and CEO behind ENVO Drive Systems, implemented the following factors into his design:
There are two types of configurations for tricycles:
The North American laws for legal street vehicles states that you c500W maximum assisted power and not having more than 3 wheels touching the ground at all times. As such, ENVO Drive Systems has determined that the non-conventional tricycle configuration offers more stability when it comes to steering and high speeds than the conventional design can provide.
ENVO also understands that while a human-powered tricycle may appeal to many, they have also imagined the development of conversion kits that allow the consumer to convert their bike into an electric tricycle depending on their unique requirements for the bike itself.
ENVO has an innovative idea for the enclosure of the bike and wants to split the overall project into two steps:
The Big Question Is it possible o enclose the trike? While still being:
ENVO is looking at the following combination of construction materials to manufacture the tricycle:
ENVO also recognizes other design challenges, including:
If you find yourself intrigued by the challenges ENVO has brought-forth and feel you may have a solution, the team is open to hearing your suggestions and willing to work with you. For more information on how you can send in your requests to ENVO, please visit the Contact Us page for more details.