A boot / truck can be added relatively easily and at little weight cost. Could be accessed either through an opening top or over the seat back which would save weight in not making the opening top and reduce leaks and rattles. The floor of the cargo area would be corrugated plastic with an expanded aluminium mesh over the top to take the weight. The drawing is close to scale though far from exact
Any design is worth pursuing, even if it is to satisfy an urge for learning something new. The thing is, it is your's, to satisfy your needs, and may not suit anyone else. In the meantime you will have proved something.
Go for it. That is the only way it will come together - and adds more to this forum.
I've always wanted to make a covered trike but until now have struggled to design something I was both happy with and could make. Once the fat trike is done I'm reasonably sure I'll crack on with this.
A slight redesign of the front and giving it a bigger door and an alternative with a full length screen. The full screen offers no extra visibility and would add weight. I believe the first is more aesthetically pleasing.
Hi everyone, my name is Arne and I built the EcoCycle EPOD's you discuss. Really glad to see it is generating some interest from fellow enthusiasts around the globe! Anyhow, if you have any questions, please reach out! BTW, the frame is all aluminum, it weighs about 240lbs and it has up to 8" of suspension travel. It has been designed as a high performance, off roadable vehicle that should be driven hard! Currently version uses a Sturmey Archer mid transmission and a 3000W hub motor. The next version is already in the works, and i'm excited to see your reactions. I haven't been great at promoting the vehicles I've built, but by virtue of being here, you know how the passion can drive you. Stay tuned!
Nice to see you here - welcome. I certainly like the overall design of your creation but......240lbs! That's a lot of mass. I suspect that anyone utilising that 3000W off-road is going to require a lot of strength in a design and is what a lot of that mass is doing (providing strength). I'm hoping (expecting?) to keep to around half that by taking a different design ethos of no front suspension and not expecting to take it off-road which will allow it to be built lighter. I'd also be using a 1000w motor giving me a further saving. Time will tell if I'm being unrealistic / optimistic / completely wrong about what lardiness I could keep this build to. Can I ask if you particularly tried to keep the weight down whilst designing and building it or was weight not a primary concern? I'm all to aware it's very easy to add an extra brace or ten and/or over-engineer parts rather than minimise matters and risk failure, particularly with aluminium as it usually fails quickly and spectacularly if it is going to do so.
Can I also ask how it corners on a flat surface as long suspension travel and good cornering almost always make poor bedfellows with their design requirements at direct odds with each other. I'd also love to know if the curved screen on the production model is better at moving rain that the flat prototype. I think a curved screen looks massively more professional but it does add design complexity to get it right and mate to it's surrounding panels. I think you've done an excellent job of achieving that.
Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm glad to be here! I have been in pursuit of the most awesome pedal power vehicle I can make and this is where it's at after 24 concepts. The EPod is all about power to weight and suspension compliance. The stronger you are, the faster it goes! (I also like big watt motors) Been working a lot on suspension lately and its very confident in the bends. The sway bar really helped after going from FOX floats to Zero Pro's on the front. Its smooth as butter on both ends now and should only get better with P25. I appreciate all feedback, opinion has helped shape this vehicle.