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The VM45 velomobile, powered by both pedals and electricity, yields speeds close to 30 mph.

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Cargo e-bikes are often considered as substitutes for cars, but they generally fall short in terms of urban cruising speed compared to automobiles. However, the VM45, a four-wheeled velomobile, comes remarkably close to achieving high speeds with a top electric-assisted speed of 45 km/h (28 mph).

Typically designed as a recumbent tricycle, or in this case, a quadcycle, the VM45 features a full aerodynamic shell that contributes to its increased speed compared to upright bicycles. Additionally, this streamlined body provides ample cargo space and offers protection from adverse weather conditions.

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Developed by Czech mobility company Katanga, known for creating the popular WAW velomobile and collaborating on the Velove Armadillo four-wheeler, the VM45 project has been in progress since January 2021.

The lightweight shell of the vehicle is constructed from a composite material comprising aramid and carbon fibers embedded in an epoxy matrix. Access to the cockpit is provided through a side-opening lockable hatch on top, and a smaller downward-opening hatch at the rear allows entry to the 350-liter (92-gallon) cargo compartment.

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The VM45’s drivetrain incorporates a 7-speed, auto-shifting, 750-watt Valeo motor/gearbox, augmenting the rider’s pedaling power and enabling speeds of up to 45 km/h. Additionally, the motor has a reverse gear function. The motor is powered by a 48V/1,240-Wh lithium-ion battery, providing a range of approximately 255 km (158 miles) in Eco assist mode.

For a smooth ride, the vehicle features front and rear DNM coil-spring shocks with travel distances of 45 mm and 60 mm, respectively. The VM45 is equipped with 90-mm Sturmey-Archer drum brakes in the front and 160-mm disc brakes in the back, which double as parking brakes.

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The vehicle comes equipped with a comprehensive lighting system (including turn indicators), an electric motorcycle horn, and dual side mirrors. Weighing a claimed 79 kg (174 lb) with the battery included, the VM45 rides on four 20-inch 47-mm-wide spoked bicycle wheels and has a maximum rider/cargo weight capacity of 121 kg (267 lb).

Awanish Kumar

By Awanish Kumar

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