Sustainable commuting appears to be one of the most critical challenges of this age. Urban dwellers are in dire need of an environmentally friendly alternative to cars, but most of the available options have glaring limitations. The BICAR is an innovative, emission-free mobility device that does not compromise the comfort, safety, or relative privacy that comes with individual mobility. Produced from scratch with sustainable materials, BICAR hopes to put an end to wasting many hours in traffic as well as the endless search for parking spots.
Design and features
The BICAR is a sustainably produced, three-wheeled, zero-emissions, electric vehicle that hopes to facilitate urban commuting. The vehicle features a unique design with one rear and two front wheels. This design may not be conventional. However, BICAR can maintain an impressive level of stability, thanks to a newly developed tilt mechanism. The design also incorporates a roof that protects the rider from the elements. The BICAR is a product of daring innovation, seamlessly incorporating the essential features of bikes, scooters, and cars into one easy-to-ride and environmentally friendly tricycle.
Energy autonomy at its best
According to the manufacturers, the BICAR is the first electric vehicle that you can operate with only solar power. This feature guarantees energy autonomy as you can trust that your bike is charging anytime and anywhere. To cater for heavy users, the manufacturers also included a back-up system with swappable batteries and newly developed battery swap stations.
Functional and all-inclusive mobile application
If having a mobile app is the primary qualification for calling any device smart, BICAR is as smart as it gets. The mobile application gives room for several possibilities, including but not limited to:
- Geo-localizing battery swap stations around you
- Making a reservation at the station
- Locking and unlocking your BICAR
- Serving as an information board and navigation tool while driving
The app’s user interface is quite friendly, and you can rest assured you won’t have much trouble navigating your way around it.
Sustainably produced and environmentally friendly
The manufacturers say that they will build the BICAR from scratch with sustainable materials. Moreover, the zero-emissions and electric nature make it even more environmentally friendly. According to the manufacturers, the tricycle would be produced according to the Cradle to Cradle Certified TM product certification standard. This certification assesses five criteria, namely:
- Material health
- Material reutilization
- Renewable energy and carbon dioxide compensation
- Water and social fairness
Inventions that pass all the assessment criteria are believed to achieve a positive impact on the society and the environment.
The BICAR was presented for the first time at the International Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. The manufacturers plan to start rolling out the vehicle to the general public before the end of 2020. Not much is known about BICAR’s estimated retail price at the moment. You may visit the official BICAR website for more information.