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Pedalist velomobile hits Kickstarter

• Gizmag

As mentioned in our previous coverage, the Pedalist is essentially a tadpole-style trike (two wheels in the front) with a full lighting system and a polycarbonate body that provides protection from the elements along with a reduction in wind drag. It also has an electric motor, to help propel its target weight of 150 to 200 lb (68 to 91 kg).

Virtue now says that the capacity of that motor will be 750 watts, and that it will be powered by a 48-volt 32-amp lithium-ion battery pack. It should have a motor-only range of over 50 miles (80 km), and an electronically-limited top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) in the US. Along with the motor-only throttle mode, users will also be able to extend its range by not using the motor at all, or using it to augment their pedaling power.