The three-wheeler Messerschmitt KR200 was one of the world's first and most recognizable micro-cars. Now, a team of engineers have developed the 'Veloschmitt,' a three-wheeler car inspired by the Messerschmitt KR200 bubble car but powered by a pedelec (electric motor-assisted pedaling) system rather than an engine.
The Veloschmitt uses this pedelec system to add electric assistance to the pedal-generated power of the eight-speed Shimano Nexus bicycle drivetrain.
The Veloschmitt is claimed to be the world's first two-seater velomobile built in series production, with 200 models planned to be built. The nifty vehicles will sell for $7,200 for single-seater options and $8,600 for the two-seater.
Part of the reasoning behind the Veloschmitt project was to mark the 50th anniversary of the last Messerschmitt KR200 model, which was discontinued in 1964.
This Three-Wheeler is Inspired by the Messerschmitt KR200 Bubble Car
1. Reimagined Microcars - The development of the Veloschmitt showcases the trend of reimagining and modernizing classic microcars.
2. Pedelec Systems - The use of pedelec systems in the Veloschmitt highlights the trend of incorporating electric assistance in bicycle drivetrains.
3. Velomobiles - The Veloschmitt introduces the trend of two-seater velomobiles in series production, offering a unique and eco-friendly transportation option.
1. Automotive Industry - The automotive industry can explore opportunities to manufacture and sell reimagined microcars like the Veloschmitt, catering to consumers looking for sustainable and stylish transportation options.
2. Electric Bicycle Industry - The electric bicycle industry can capitalize on the pedelec system showcased in the Veloschmitt and develop innovative electric assistance solutions for bicycle drivetrains.
3. Alternative Transportation Industry - The alternative transportation industry can embrace the trend of velomobiles and invest in the production and marketing of two-seater velomobiles like the Veloschmitt, appealing to environmentally conscious consumers.