Guide To Electric Recumbent Trikes [VIDEOS]

Recently I have come across a number of electric recumbent trikes and this seems to be a growing part of the electric bike or light electric vehicle world.

Some of these e-recumbent trikes are designed for everyday commuting and some of them are high performance “adventure vehicles”.

It is interesting how some of these 3 wheeled pedal/electric vehicles are beginning to offer some car like features.

The following are some complete e-trikes, along with ideas on how to add electric assist to a recumbent trike.

Complete Recumbent E-Trikes

Organic Transit ELF: The Organic Transit ELF is a partially enclosed commuter vehicle focused on being an around town car replacement.

Can go 20 mph, range is 20+ miles, it can carry 350 lbs, and the base price is $5,000.

It has a solar panel on the roof to aid in recharging the batteries when you are out and about.

 

Here is a video showing off what the Organic Transit ELF can do:

 

E-Fox:  The E-Fox is all about bridging the gap between a bicycle and a car.

 

It uses a TerraTrike Rover and the E-Bike Kit conversion system.

 

Planet Rider:  This e-trike is not available for sale right now because it is still in the prototype/development stage.

It will be a high speed e-trike intended to replace a car.

 

In this video, inventor David Calley, talks about his vision for the Planet Rider and shows off the prototype:

 

Outrider USA:  These are high performance “adventure vehicles” designed for power and speed!

Checkout my report on test riding their top of the line Outrider USA 422 Alpha.

They offer 4 different models ranging in speed from 20 mph to 40+ mph, and ranges from 45 miles to 165 miles.  The price range is $5,995 to $11,995.

 

Enjoy this video of the guys from Outrider USA riding near Vail Colorado:

 

RunAbout Cycles:  They make custom electric recumbents and other types of custom e-bikes in Fort Collins Colorado.

 

ICE Trikes: is offering some of their recumbent trikes with the SunStar mid drive motor kit.  It looks like they are only for sale in the U.K.

 

Como Trikes:  These trikes feature an aluminum frame with suspension and other high quality components.  They use the Falco E-Motors system.

 

Add an Electric Bike Kit to a Trike

Adding an electric bike kit to a recumbent trike is also an option.

Here is my review of the Terra Trike Rambler with E-BikeKit.

 

Here is a Greenspeed trike with EcoSpeed kit and NuVinci N360 rear hub for example.

 

Add an Electric Trailer to a Trike

RideKick:  This is a trailer that literally pushes your bike or trike!  It can also carry some cargo.

 

RoadRACE Power Pod:  This is not exactly an electric trailer but it functions in a similar way by pushing the bike.

 

That’s it for now.  I will add more e-recumbent trikes as I come across them.

If you know of a company that makes electric recumbent trikes, please leave info about them in the comments section below.

Thanks!

-Pete

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  1. Joshua Irish July 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    There is an active EV community in Minnesota. Here is a guy building something like the planet rider in drive concept.
    http://www.startribune.com/business/211508221.html

    Fella’s name is Rich Kronfield:
    teammemberrich@gmail.com, 612-819-5606

    I don’t think he has a website up yet, but he could probably get you some great photos of his RAHTmobile.

  2. Daniel Soria July 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    we have an electric bike here in our place Philippines this is a commercially available model base on our area and is viable once we are selling in the market.
    single wheel motor 3 wheeled 3 sitter 20 Km for the 20 ampere deep cycle lead acid battery utilizing fast charging all metal and a baroque design

    • sami riachy October 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

      Where in philippines?

  3. Rob Murrells July 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Hi Pete,

    Don’t forget about us – Como Trikes..! We’re based in the UK and our new e-drive trike was launched in May. Please check it out…. hope you like it.

    Best regards,
    Rob

  4. SI Reasoning October 27, 2014 at 12:44 am #

    Lightfoot Cycles can add electric assist to their trikes. They put it all on the same drive train and it can be quite efficient.

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