Electric-assist velomobiles have revolutionized the world of cycling, combining the benefits of pedal power with the efficiency of electric motors. One notable example is the Iris eTrike, designed by Grant Sinclair, which has gained attention for its sleek design, advanced features, and remarkable performance.
In 2017, the company introduced the Iris eTrike, a prototype electric-assist velomobile that left us in awe. Now, the designer has unveiled images of the planned production version of this remarkable vehicle. The Iris eTrike is a pedal-electric recumbent tricycle enclosed in a sleek plastic fairing, offering superior aerodynamics and weather protection.
Grant Sinclair, a British inventor and tech entrepreneur, is the mastermind behind this creation, following in the footsteps of his uncle Sir Clive Sinclair, the renowned inventor of the Sinclair C5 pedal-electric trike. Now, let’s delve into the features of the captivating production model of the Iris eTrike.
The production model of the Iris eTrike boasts an impressive array of components and design elements. It features a chromoly steel chassis, an EPP foam body with a polymer shell, and a hinged canopy of clear Plexiglass with a water-repellant coating. The seating position, although reclined, provides excellent visibility of the road. In addition, riders can enter and exit the vehicle through the hinged Plexiglass canopy, offering convenience and easy access.
To enhance safety and visibility, the production Iris is equipped with a comprehensive LED lighting system, including headlights, turn indicators, strip lighting, and a brake/tail light. Additionally, it features a HEPA air filtration system, a 120-degree rearview camera that streams live video to a docked smartphone, and a cooling system that channels filtered air into the cabin.
The Iris eTrike combines the rider’s pedaling power with a mid-drive motor available in three options: 250, 500, or 750 watts. With this setup, the vehicle can achieve speeds of over 30 mph (48 km/h). Its 48V/20-Ah lithium-ion battery offers a range of up to 30 miles on a single charge. The trike rolls on carbon wheels, with puncture-proof Tannus cargo bike tires ensuring a smooth and hassle-free ride.
Among its notable features is a lockable 100-liter (26-gallon) cargo compartment, Spyre mechanical disc brakes, Shimano A530 SPD double-sided pedals for clipless or platform riding, and a backlit LED screen that displays essential data such as speed, distance traveled, battery charge, and electric assist level. The overall dimensions of the Iris eTrike measure 260 cm long by 94 cm wide by 128 cm high (102 by 37 by 50 inches), with an estimated weight of 50 kg (110 lb).
The Iris eTrike is now available for pre-order at a special price, with shipping expected to begin in the first quarter of the upcoming year. Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey with the Iris eTrike, where cutting-edge technology meets the joy of cycling.
Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. Grant Sinclair has certainly accomplished that with the remarkable Iris eTrike.