PANNONRIDER SOLAR VELOMOBILE


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The Pannorider Solar Velomobile is a rather interesting concept. It hails from Hungary, however it is not yet in production to my knowledge. Most solar powered “velocars” don’t look much like what we think of as far as traditional velomobiles. They are usually “boxier” and sit higher. An example is the ELF. With the exception of the rear end the Pannonrider looks more like a traditional velomobile. That means it is more aerodynamic than a velocar such as an Elf. Of course, there are good and bad points to each. I reckon it comes down to personal taste and needs. The velocar would be easier to get in and out of, but it also has a higher center of gravity. The velocar would probably be more practical to haul things in if shopping is one of your main uses for the vehicle. But if you are mainly using the vehicle to ride and like the idea of solar power then the Pannonrider might be more suited for you … if it ever comes to market.

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There are lots more pictures of it HERE.

From the video description … “It is obviously designed to be used in cities and in the traffic so it has pretty big ground clearance, most probably very good turning circle, full cover etc. The solar panels are integrated in the roof and on the rear side which gives it a very special look. Maybe not so aerodynamic, but this velomobile is not supposed to be a racing machine, but more to be a practical vehicle for everyday use.”

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Their website consists of these four pages:

Concept     Realization     Pannonrider 1     Pannonrider 2

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The basic parameters of the hybrid HPV driven by alternative energy:

Top speed: 31 mph (50 km/h)
Range: 43.5 miles (70 km)
Weight: 66 pounds (30 kg)
Capacity: 264.5 pounds (120 kg)
Gradability: 20 %
Lifetime: min. 10 years

*Zero emission from the primary energy production to final use
*Network independent alternative energy production and storage on the vehicle
*Human and other alternative energy use in the drive train
*Application of environmentally friendly, recyclable materials in each unit
*Electronic energy and drive management
*Ultra lightweight, yet secure body, which protect passengers from all external        impacts
*Ergonomic interior
*Undercarriage: in the font and at the rear, damped, adjustable suspension
*Braking: braking energy, regenerating braking
*Fits today’s environmental, security and quality demand
*Attractive design
*Low exceeding height, easy to get in for PRM

HERE is an article on this velomobile. And HERE is another article.

So if you have a hankerin’ for an electric motor pedal assist velomobile with a little help from the sun keep your eye open for news of this vehicle coming into production. Meanwhile I know I am going to just do my best to … KEEP ON PEDALIN’ so I can do my best to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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Posted on January 27, 2017, in tadpole trikes, velomobiles, videos and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Well it has some good qualities, and some bad.. But then all velo’s are the same in some capacity.. It will as others have a long up hill battle before truly making it to market, as we have seen a lot of vel’so do.. Will this one ever make it to the local bike shop for sale, we will have to wait and see.. The competition is very stiff at the moment, and costs to produce a actual product for the market is as equally tough… And all this is not the hard part, I would think legal issues before production to be the hardest as most designers find out after working so hard to develop a velo for the public market…! I wish them the best of luck nonetheless and hope to see one in a bike shop soon…!

  2. it is a neat little velo, but it has been trying to ‘make it to market’ for nearly ten years. perhaps an asian mass producer should be contacted to get this one rolling.