After the successful start of the first prototypes and the positive response of the public at the events where pedilio was presented, the production of a first small series has begun. The first 10 vehicles will be used to demonstrate the different equipment variants and the reliability of the technology used will be further optimized in the subsequent extensive test phase. At the same time, the start of the small series will serve to test the various production processes to be used.
We already started to contact potential suppliers who can fabricate and supply the parts, components and assemblies needed
for the production of pedilio.
We are open for colaborations with companies busy with bicycle components, metal construction and plastics technology as well as in the field of drive technology and electronics.
We do not want to reinvent the wheel here, but are very interested in proven technology, in the use of off the shelf components, and we are happy to participate in "open source" development projects.
In collaborationr with the suppliers the production costs for the first small series (for example 5-10 pieces) can be calculated.
For the extensive testing of the vehicles we are looking for fault-tolerant and technically skilled "test pilots" for the use
of pedilio in daily use. It's the task of the first test customers and test drivers to detect possible teething troubles of
pedilio and to support us in the product improvement.
Together with the test drivers and other solar mobile and Velomobil users we plan to have a joint trip and adventure
tour. This event should not be a race or competition. We want to experience the new way of mobility with pedilio. Deceleration, experiencing nature and sufficiency (= to get along with the resources available for all of us) should be in the foreground. Common, without escort vehicles
we want to make a nice trip through Europe (for example, Switzerland, South of France, Spain ...). Without deadline pressure we will drive to interesting places, such as farms
for community supported and organic
agriculture, eco-villages and housing projects, companies for sustainably produced products, regenerative energy plants, etc.
Assuming that the first pedilios are ready for use, the trip could start in late summer 2019.
For realistic statements about a possible serial production, it is still a bit too early today.
The price range for comparable vehicles with weather protection roof, e-drive, battery, lighting, and solar cells is about 10.000.- €
Velomobiles are still a tiny niche market. The vehicles are produced in small series production in elaborate manual labor. That will probably be the case with pedilio in the beginning, too.
We will keep you informed on the further plans on this homepage.