An electric pedal car that runs on cycle paths: the vehicle of the future?

Fred Flinstone would have loved Canyon’s latest idea: a recumbent bike concept that looks like a slim car to cycle around in every weather and annoy fellow riders by invading the bike lane at 60km/h.

Canyon, a well know German bike manufacturer, has developed a new concept for a vehicle that drives like a bike but looks like a small car. The Future Mobility Concept, as it’s called, sits on four wheels and has the general aspect of a car, but the body hides a pedal-assisted electric bike. It’s been designed to be “a revolutionary alternative to both the automobile and the bicycle” that enables the driver to ride under any weather condition and offers more storage space compared to a regular bicycle. The biker sits inside the vehicle in a recumbent bike fashion and controls the steering via a couple of joysticks placed on the left and right side.

The vehicle is about two meters long and 83 centimeters wide, making it small enough to zip through the city traffic. In the back, there’s additional space to carry groceries, luggage, or even a kid “up to 11 years old” (but that might be dependent on local regulations). The Future Mobility Concept sports a 2000 Watt-hour battery capable of supporting two speed modes: 25km/h, to cruise on a cycle path, or 60km/h, to drive on regular roads.

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