This Electric Tricycle Combines the Best of Bicycles and Motorbikes

 - Mar 17, 2014
References: odysseytrikes & kickstarter
A pair of young inventors in Wisconsin are developing an electric trike, a three-wheeled vehicle that looks like a motorcycle but is legally a bicycle.

The Mk. 5 electric trike has the power and speed of a motorcycle, and can hit a top speed of 50 miles per hour. It is powered by a 4 Kilowatt electric motor and a high-capacity rechargeable battery pack.

The vehicle seeks to combine the best aspects of motorcycles, bicycles and tricycles, marrying the stability of three wheels with the power of a two-wheeler electric motorbike. The trikes are fitted with pedals, which are important for the vehicle to be considered street legal in all U.S. states.

The genesis of the invention can be traced back to the inventors' high school years, which is when they came up with the idea.