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.