Twike 5: Light electric vehicle with pedal pedals will probably start in 2021

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The prototype is to be produced from April, and series production will begin soon thereafter

Twike 5: Light electric vehicle with pedal pedals will probably start in 2021-light

The two-seater light electric vehicle Twike, which was used in the early days of electric mobility together with the CityEL was one of the best-selling e-mobiles is making a name for itself again. Twike now gives an insight into the current state of development of the Twike 5.

According to the website, the Twike 5 is a 3.33 meter long and only 1.21 meter high electric vehicle with three wheels. With a weight of less than 500 kilos, the two-seater vehicle is registered in class L5e. The vehicle is steered neither by the handlebar nor by the steering wheel, but with two levers on the left and right of the driver – like a tank or a bulldozer.

The drive is electric, but a "pedal generator" can also be installed as an option. This means that you can also pedal in the Twike and generate electricity with it – this promotes fitness and at the same time the environment. A convertible top enables fresh air to be supplied.

We last heard from the Twike 5 in May 2019. At that time it was said that they wanted to collect 2 million euros as start-up capital through crowd financing. The money was already in place by the end of July. Now the Twike 5 should go into series production – with a significantly more stylish body than the Twike 3.

In the meantime, however, a more in-depth revision of the body was necessary, according to Twike. However, it did the aerodynamics good. Despite the exterior mirrors that have now been installed, the frontal area was reduced to 1.62 square meters. The drag coefficient was 0.24 in the last simulation, but it should be further optimized.

In 2019, a 15 kW electric motor was planned as a drive so that the Twike can also be driven with an A1 moped license. It had not yet been decided whether there should also be a stronger version. Now, however, Twike is talking about a significantly, significantly more powerful drive with "150 kW peak power and up to 3,000 Nm on the rear axle". However, this apparently corresponds to the power and torque on the axle.

The values ​​of the electric motor itself are probably significantly lower. On the Twike website, a peak power of 70 kW and a nominal power of 45 kW are mentioned, which seems more plausible to us. Even with a continuous output of 45 kW, a vehicle weighing a maximum of 500 kilos should still be easy to move.

Twike even classifies the vehicle as a mid-engined sports car. The motor is located in front of the rear axle and thus under the tailgate, while the drive is via the rear axle. According to the simulation, that would be enough for a 100 km / h sprint in under four seconds. Twike says: "Nobody needs that, but it will sound bombastic at the regulars' table and make all doubters sit up and take notice."

The targeted maximum speed is still at 190 km / h to come. If you take it easy, the lithium-ion battery with its storage capacity of 30 kWh should enable a range of over 500 kilometers. According to the simulation, the WLTP consumption is currently just over 7 kWh / 100 km, but the final version should have a 6 in front of the decimal point.

Charging is standard with 11 kW alternating current. This should be able to recharge a WLTP range of over 150 kilometers in one hour. A second 11 kW charger is available as an option, so that you can then recharge 300 km per hour. It is even faster with direct current, which is also possible as standard with the basic model. This allows you to recharge a range of around 420 km per hour.

On request, there is a bidirectional charging system from Ambibox that can be used to connect external 230 or even 400 volt devices. It is also possible to save them back to the house network. For example, you can temporarily store excess energy from your own solar system in the Twike and then return it to the house at night to operate the washing machine, for example.

As the next step towards series production, a prototype with the new components is to be built at the beginning of the second quarter of 2021 (i.e. from April). Then a pilot series is to follow and finally the series of only 500 vehicles. Series production could begin in 2021.

Immediately afterwards, the successor model, the Twike 6, will be built, in larger numbers and with a lower output. Twike wants to raise the funds for this again through crowd funding.

Photo gallery: Twike 5 (as of 2020)

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