E-bikes are great when it comes to pedaling less and getting to places quicker, but most still offer insufficient protection from elements and little cargo space. Norwegian company CityQ AS has developed a solution to that problem – the CityQ, designed to provide both of those factors, along with extra stability thanks to its four 20″ wheels.
The CityQ is pedaled like a bike, with a 250-watt motor boosting the rider’s pedaling power. However, the pedals aren’t directly connected to the drivetrain. Instead, the vehicle features “a software-managed drivetrain – like you find in electric cars.”
Since the motor is augmenting the rider’s pedaling power rather than mirroring it, the vehicle’s two batteries still need to be charged. One ~5-hour charge is claimed to provide a range of 43-62 miles (70-100km).
A windshield and roof help protect riders from the sun, wind, and rain. However, the side doors are not entirely closed, so you may catch some rain from the side in a bad storm. The cabin can be configured to seat one adult and two children, two adults (one behind the other), or one adult with extra cargo space.
The CityQ specs include:
- A maximum payload of 300kg (661lb)
- Weighs 68kg (150lb)
- Measures 87cm wide by 155cm tall by 222cm long (2.9ft by 5ft by 7.3ft)
- Rider height capacity is 160-195cm (5.3ft-6.4 ft)
Meanwhile, its electronic drivetrain enables features such as:
- Regenerative braking
- Automatic gearing
- A reverse gear
- A heavy cargo mode
- Cruise control
According to its creators, it legally qualifies as an e-bike, meaning it can be driven in bike lanes and other car-free areas. However, bikers may not be so happy about you taking up the whole lane. You also don’t need a driver’s license to operate the vehicle; as long as you are older than 13, you can drive the CityQ. For more information on the CityQ, you can visit the company website or watch the video below.