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Published on January 18th, 2016 | by Glenn Meyers

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Evovelo Head-Turner: Solar-Electric mö

January 18th, 2016 by  


For a new and invigorating green drive, look no further than the mö, a pedal-powered solar-electric tricycle ride from Evovelo, based in Spain.

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Evolo, a startup, has put the finishing touches on its prototype  and now it is looking for beta-testers.

Classified as a velomobile, this ride is similar to the pedal/electric Elf. Like the Elf, the mö is powered by pedal and an electric motor which uses solar electricity.

Here is a sheltered 85-kg (187-lb) tricycle which seats two people. It also has room for things like bags of groceries or an infant seat.

According to gizmag, this pedal-driven ride has a direct drive motor, “the power of which can be adapted to meet legislation in different countries – it could range from 250 up to 1,500 watts. Besides receiving electricity from the rooftop photovoltaic panels, its 48V/15Ah battery pack can also be recharged via a sealed exterior charging port, or it can be removed and taken indoors to charge.”

Evolvelo writes, “mö is a solar urban vehicle that will be approved as a tandem tricycle, fully enclosed to protect users from the weather conditions, and capable to hold two people and some cargo and/or one or two child seats. mö is ultra-efficient and built with sustainable materials.”

The vehicle’s range is approximately 50 km (31 miles) in motor-only mode. Then it’s pedal-power time. Of note, the removable battery can be charged by plugging it in to charge at home or at the office.

Other features include windows that fold down, a full lighting system and horn, mirrors, 20-inch composite or aluminum wheels, anti-puncture tires, and a choice of drum or disc brakes. The body is made mainly from sustainable materials, such as wood or cellulose derivatives.

For those interested, Evovelo is seeking beta testers for the mö. The company can be contacted at this link. The vehicle is expected to sell for around €4,500, or about US$4,886. For DIYers, the open source designs will be made available once the beta program is complete.

Image via evovelo


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is a writer, producer, and director. Meyers was editor and site director of Green Building Elements, a contributing writer for CleanTechnica, and is founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he’s been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.



  • Brian

    If people would get rid of their SUV’s and polluting ICE cars, the ELF and MO could be an alternative. It’s true, if an SUZ hits you, it’s all over, which is why we need to eliminate SUV’s and regular cars on the road. Imagine if the ELF and MO were mass produced and the price dropped to $1,000. Then these would be much cheaper than an $8,000 used Nissan Leaf. Remember the ELF and MO can recharge during the day, with their solar panels, which means we could end imports of dirty gas overnight. A microchip could be installed, so stolen MO’s or ELF’s could be tracked quickly by the police. The speed limit would have to also be reduced to 30 MPH in cities and towns, which would save lives. This is doable, but America’s infatuation with car centric policies needs to end.

  • Benjamin Nead

    It looks like a widened version of the Organic Transport ELF . . .

    http://organictransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ELF-on-Grassy-Hill-Optimized.jpg

    I also look at these things as being useful for some, but sort
    of a desperate middle between a simple bicycle and an inexpensive
    used electric car.

    You can’t take these 3-wheelers on bike paths or through other
    urban tight spots where you could pedal your 2-wheeler.
    It’s going to have to live outside for most when at home and
    will be far susceptible to wear & tear from weather – not to
    mention vandalism – than a car. When you get t-boned by
    an SUV at 35mph, that’s the end of it AND you.

    People complain that the resale value of 1st generation
    OEM EVs have dropped precipitously (probably the same
    people who had a lot of extra money on hand and decided to
    “invest” in one instead of simply driving it.) But, to the vast
    majority who buys their cars used and don’t collect them
    like rare paintings that are hung on a wall, the
    phenomenon of inexpensive used EV has been
    great news . . . and, yes, sort of making the concept
    of $5K EV trikes obsolete.

  • ROBwithaB

    These concepts keep coming.
    And nobody ever buys them.
    Much better off getting one of the small, cheap Chinese city-car EVs.
    Or a bicycle.

  • sandos

    Wow, that looks like an old caravan! Cool. Useful? Not so sure.

    • wattleberry

      It also reminds of the remarkable entries in the Australian Solar Challenge which demonstrate how people carrying vehicles can cross a large, albeit sunny, country on no more power than from their body mounted PV panels at normal road speeds.
      They, being also experimental prototypes, cost huge sums, as is often the case when proving a point, but what a point!

  • Joe Viocoe

    The devil is in the omitted details.

    What is the top speed and acceleration?
    Would a wide trike be allowed in narrower bike lanes? I doubt this would be allowed in regular car lanes. So this hybrid rickshaw won’t be welcomed anywhere.

  • Mikgigs

    Another one reinvents the bike for 5000 euros

  • Cars.com has used LEAFs starting at about $7400 now. Much more capable for only a couple of grand more…

    • sjc_1

      Not often a car loses 80% of its value in 4 years.

      • You should factor in the tax deduction. The only thing a car shopper is interested in is: how much does it cost for me.

        But then still, the loss of value is pretty steep. Early EV’s suffer the same fate as computers or cell phones. By the time you want to sell it, the new models are so much improved that the old ones have almost totally lost their appeal/usefulness.

    • mikgigs

      How much costs battery replacement?

      • You can lose half of the LEAFs original battery capacity and still have more range than this vehicle…

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