Electric vehicles seem to be all the rage these days with just about every automobile manufacturer jumping on the bandwagon. Although the batteries still aren’t quite perfected, that hasn’t stopped them from moving forward and pushing the boundaries of today’s technology. Cars like the Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt have paved the way for future automobiles, but what about other transportation. For instance, how about a three-wheeled trike that’s powered by two cordless electric drills – interesting right? Built by Hamburg based designer Nils Ferber, this electric trike is powered by two 18-volt-screwdrivers that can accelerate its driver up to 30 km/h or 18 mph. The driver literally lays atop the contraption and steers by use of a specially developed joint that tilts the back wheel when the driver shifts their body weight into a corner. Throttle and brake controls are located on front mounted stalks that sit mere inches above the front wheels.
There is no seat or padding of any kind which means this thing is probably ungodly uncomfortable to ride, but you’ve got to give the designer full props for thinking outside the box. The trike was originally mocked up as a Lego model, then in wood, then box steel tubing and then finally, once a design was finalized in CAD, a full chassis was made using stainless steel pipes that were welded together.
Items like sprockets, cogs and bushings were all CNC machined out of aluminum to help produce the final product that you see here. Like I said, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you’ve got to hand it to the guy for doing his own thing.