Twike Electric Bike/ Pedal Car

March 26, 2012

Twike Electric CarsTwike vehicles are human electric hybrid vehicles built for 2 people and their cargo. They are a unique combination of a an electric vehicle and a pedal powered vehicle in one. By using the pedal mode, the driver can lengthen the range of the vehicle and keep control by means of the electric-computerized regenerative braking system.

The vehicles are surprisingly lightweight as they constructed of primarily plastic and aluminum components. These innovative half-ton vehicles can be powered by a 3.3 kw ni-cad battery or a 6kw nickel metal hydride one along with a 3 kilowatt electric motor Twike Electric Carswhich runs the drive train. Twike`s are easily recharged in no longer than 3 hours by plugging into a common 230V household outlet. Their energy drive is further supplemented by the regenerative braking system and the pedal system lightens the power load even more.

TWIKE vehicles have inspired a cult following in Europe and the US and Twike owners who call themselves ‘pilots’ frequently host promotional gatherings. Many of these pilots love the fact that the vehicle is not only non- polluting, but driving one also provides a substantial cardio workout.

Navigating a Twike is somewhat similar to operating the tiller of a boat. They are equipped with aTwike Electric Carsjoystick which makes steering fairly simple and they can reach respectable top speeds of nearly 55 mph. Depending on which type of battery is used, a TWIKE can journey 55-90 miles on a single charge. This range varies based on the weight of the passengers and cargo as well. Battery and power control is managed by an onboard computer which regulates energy use. After market modifications can be made to this system and some users have been able to attain reported top speeds of 65 mph.

Operating costs of a Twike are every low. A full charge of the battery costs only about 45 cents. Depending on the where it is charged, a full charge can cost as little as 3 cents though. A consistent regime of charging the battery every night after use can result in significant cost savings. Battery replacement is the primary significant cost of operating a Twike.




Eric has been involved in the electric bike industry since 2002 when he started a 6000 square foot brick and mortar Electric Bike store in downtown San Francisco. He is a true believer that small electric vehicles can change the way we operate and the way we think.

  • Gasoline hater

    This is a car that should be more popular than it is yet. I know that even when I’m the only one who buys this car, it gets more popular but the difference is a very little one. This is the only car that is a sport car, there are actually no sport cars. Sport is a word coming from the Greek language and it means gymnastic and usually when you drive a car you move nothing, just sit on your seat and move nothing. The TWIKE is a real sport car where you move much more if you use those “bicycle pedals” inside. The TWIKE is unusual according me because this is the only car where you get a generator that recharges the battery while you drive it. It’s expensive only when you buy it but it’s an electric car that uses up no more than 8 kWh/100 km and the usual gasoline cars burn more than 33 kWh/100 km!
    Everyone should drive the TWIKE for the environment and their health, this car must be the most healthy one.

  • Bike sporter

    I think this is the car I’ll choose in the future because it’s the only car I know that is rechargable while driving. The only car that has got those “bicycle pedals” and is sportive. I have got an electric bike already and I was driving it in a range of 45 kilometres as the furthest and I could beat this range. There are even cyclist in the world that could live without cars, they ride their bikes in many kilometres, further than my record. They can bring themselves grills, food and drink, tools, stoves, tents and much more, this life style is more environmental friendly than the life style of a passenger going by a bus. Electric cars are more cheap than the buses and also more environmental friendly. I think I could try living like this but living with a TWIKE would be better. Swedish motorways have got a speed limit that is 110 km/h as standard, but there are some ranges where it’s allowed to drive in 120 km/h, many countries still get speed limits and producing cars that reach a speed of 335 km/h like a Ferrari or 210 like a Tesla Roadster, according me it’s unnecessary, there are still not many countries like Germany that have got motorways where they got no speed limit.

    The cars are not environmental friendly (of course not all cars) and I’ve been interested of many electric cars. My dad told me that the electric cars have got a range of only 100 kilometres per charge and that every full charge takes 12 hours, it’s still better than the first electric cars that were just invented. But the TWIKE has got a range of 250 kilometres, which I think is enough for me, but the most important things that this car has got are: a battery that takes only 2 hours to charge fully, “bicycle pedals” making this car sportive and its low motor effect. People often prefer to have cars with high motor effect, but low effect is better for saving the energy.

  • Bike sporter

    I found a photo of a Twike with a steering wheel, do they produce and sell even those one person Twikes too?