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Electric Tricycle Replica Review: Super Enlightening, Mildly Terrifying Private

2 months ago Multimedia Shreveport   40 views

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    I'm an advocate for electric cars needing to get back to 

basics. There's no need to be running off, sticking in 56-inch 

touchscreens, or making the EV larger than a small European state. 

Really, one of the things we should be working on is taking existing 

chassis, finding ways to quickly convert them to EVs, and worrying 

about all the fancy stuff later. Nothing new under the sun and all 

that, which is how I found myself driving a converted 

[url=http://www.dayangmoto.com/motor-tricycle/]motor tricycle[/url] 

from 140 years ago through the British countryside.


    Two weeks ago, journalist Jeremy Hart got in touch with me and 

asked me if I wanted to drive a replica of an EV from 1881. The 

answer, obviously, was yes. Nothing on earth could be more my jam 

than this. Once I'd worked out if it was legal for me to 

actually leave my house and drive something under the U.K.'s 

lockdown restrictions, I was straight on the train to Surrey to have 

a go in a remake of what was very probably the first-ever vehicle 

with a rechargeable battery.


    Not sure what image you were expecting here but: Yes, this is an 

electric [url=http://www.dayangmoto.com/motor-tricycle/cargo-motor-

tricycle/]cargo motor tricycle [/url]from 1881. Or, well, an 

unbelievably faithful replica of one that Hart commissioned and 

artisan bicycle designer Christian Richards built.


    Because the original vehicle was an adaptation rather than a 

purpose-built chassis, the yoke-like pedals in front still work and 

can power the vehicle—and swing wildly, threatening to take your 

shins out when it's under motor power. The single seat is at the 

top, perched a bit perilously, and the battery is—as it seems to 

have been on the original—in a pannier attached to the rear of the 

bike. The motor drives the big left-hand wheel and the two smaller 

wheels are connected to what's surprisingly responsive steering.


    Now for the facts about this vehicle. It's not really a stat 

sheet so much as it is a story.


    Before 1881, there had already been some progress at making 

electric vehicles happen. ányos Jedlik, a Hungarian inventor, had 

made a small cart that used a motor to move in 1828. Four years 

after that, Moritz Jacobi, a Russian engineer, made an electric boat 

using non-rechargeable batteries that poisoned its passengers so 

seriously even the early pioneers of vehicles were forced to admit 

they'd succumbed to nitrous fumes.


    By 1839, a Scottish inventor called Robert Davidson created 

something that, today, is widely credited as being the first 

electric car. It ran through the streets of Aberdeen, Scotland, with 

a passenger, but everything we know about it—which admittedly, is a 

surprisingly small amount for what was a huge breakthrough—says it 

used chemical, non-rechargeable batteries.


    When Hart and Richards set out to replicate the 


tricycle/]cabin motor tricycle[/url] French inventor Gustave Trouvé 

took to the streets of Paris in 1881, there was so little 

documentation that a quick sketch was basically all there was to go 

off of. It's significant, as a vehicle, because it was 

rechargeable and Trouvé drove it down regular roads—which as anyone 

who's driven in Paris knows is kind of an experimental 

experience even if you're in a well-tested Renault Clio.