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Introducing the PodRide: Your Everyday Bicycle-Car?

This is an announcement for the PodRide: a car-like e-bike.

From the outside, it looks like a miniature, lightweight car.

Inside, you’ll find a recumbent bicycle frame with electric power assistance! But would you ride around in something like this yourself?

Introducing the PodRide: A Car-like E-Bike

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  • Kitty April 15, 2016, 3:43 pm

    I’ve been following the velomobile market for many many years. This one is a very well thought out, relatively simple design. If it will ever be made, if it will be available in the USA, and will it be relatively affordable — all remain to be seen. I’ll be on the lookout for its future developments.

  • jake April 15, 2016, 5:32 pm


  • signalfire April 15, 2016, 6:21 pm

    To ALL makers of these kind of vehicles – PLEASE make them glow-in-the-dark for safety reasons. It would help negate the smaller visibility footprint of them – if people are going to commute in these things, every little bit helps.

  • brianM April 15, 2016, 7:07 pm

    I wonder if the entire top comes off for summer. Even with ventilation you will cook in that design. That’s a really nice rolling greenhouse.

  • hunter April 15, 2016, 7:38 pm

    and i would want one of these, why? not a tiny house and looks like a death trap…….

  • Robert M Worth Jr April 15, 2016, 8:38 pm

    Wonder how well it works on mountain terrain roads? Some of these roads have a 30% grade for several hundred feet.

    What about licensing? Speed? Allowed on Interstate hiways? etc etc.

    • Ron Holzwarth September 29, 2016, 11:14 pm

      The Interstates have a minimum speed of 40 mph which must be maintained at all times. There is no way it would be allowed on an Interstate. And on a highway in the USA? Death trap, it’s too wide.

  • Gigi April 16, 2016, 12:29 am

    I was born and lived in New England the better part of my life. Dealing with snow, sleet, ice and rain was normal so we learned to be safety-conscious on the roadways. In my opinion, the Pod-Ride is a recipe for disaster – in any weather.

  • dave April 16, 2016, 10:36 am

    Similar product is already available here in USA, the Organic Transit ELF made in North Carolina. Not going to post a link because then my post will be taken down. Google it.

  • Jacki Frederick April 16, 2016, 11:19 am

    Shades of Bugsy Malone – an updated version of the great bike cars in the movie (re: the 20s and 30s) So Kewl.

  • Porcsha April 18, 2016, 7:20 am

    I don’t care what the rest of ya’ll think. This is bike car is awesome!

  • Derrick A Holloway May 1, 2016, 9:15 pm

    I’m like wow I think it’s great I think it’s so wonderful and fun idea I would love to purchase one of these kids as soon as you have one available

  • Stas October 15, 2016, 3:38 am

    It looks cute and very practical. I’d like to know it’s specs(weight, wigth, length). Thanks in advance.

  • Karen Blackburn May 8, 2018, 12:35 pm

    Looks like an updated version of the Sinclair C5 (I think I have the right name) from 30 years ago only with a roof and blue not white. The problem was always that you were tiny and close to the ground meaning visibility in traffic was always a problem (plus speed of course, cycling doesn’t equal the speed of a car).

  • vivian May 8, 2018, 11:48 pm

    I really like the concept. It would be nice in areas that have inclement weather for a greater part of the year. That said, I have grave concerns. People normally are cautious around people on bikes, but they’d not know this is a bike, so it would present a danger for all involved. Also, I live in in mountainous terrain — with the weight and bulk but not a lot of power behind it, it wouldn’t make it up the roads. Some have a 30-degree incline. I wouldn’t think it a practical alternative.

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