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Which E-Drive fits?


electric drive recumbent cycle bikes and trikes

The perfect match
Electric drive and recumbent cycle like made for each other!

Maybe no other type of bicycle fits electric motors as perfectly as recumbent cycles. Why, is obvious: The ease of pedalling and the ergonomic sitting position on recumbent bikes or trikes make the ride even more pleasant. The built-in aerodynamic advantage of your recumbent trike can also be exploited electrically: less drag means more range. Unique safety advantage: Our E-Trikes (three wheel recumbents with electric motor) can be equipped with a turn signal indicator!

With our electric drives you pedal, and a powerful motor supports you up to three times of your pedaling power, depending on the system. With a smile on your face, you can climb the local mountain with a trailer or drive to work quickly and yet deeply relaxed.

electric motor powered recumbent tricycle

Especially remarkable: The perfect pedalling experience with your recumbent bike or trike does not change with the motor. Thanks to HP Velotechnik programming there is no stuttering, no noise, and no delicate throttle. The e-drive is very safe: The support only starts when you want it to.

The quiet support starts as soon as you pedal and ends subtly and electronically when the bicycle or tricycle reaches 25 km/h (16 mph) resp. for USA 32 km/h (20 mph). Higher supported speeds can be reached with our Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec.

This pre-programmed top speed allows your electric recumbent to legally be a Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) in Europe. It can be ridden in most EU countries without registration, helmet, or license plate. Once over 25 km/h (16 mph), the bike or trike basically rides like one without electric assist. The light weight of the recumbent cycle allows a normal riding feeling, even when the battery is empty. A trike moreover has the advantage that it keeps its track even at slower speeds, when climbing. And If you stop at a traffic light, you don't need to set foot!

bicycle hub electric motor GO SwissDrive

When buying a tricyle you have the choice, because three different drive systems provide extra power on your Scorpion: either the extremely quiet hub motor from GO SwissDrive in the rear wheel (which is also available for our recumbent two-wheeler bicycles) or one of the two bottom bracket motors from Shimano's STEPS series, which are moved from mid-ship upfront to pole position in your HP Velotechnik recumbent trike.

recumbent bicycle with electric motor Shimano STEPS

Each of these three powerhouses has its own character – just like you. This enables us to offer you a solution that is exactly tailored to your needs. All systems have in common the low centre of gravity of the battery under the seat, if desired also with a second battery.

The ergonomically arranged, easy-to-read operating elements facilitate the overview. You reach your destination relaxed, no matter if you want to leave the traffic jam behind or take a big tour with heavy luggage.

Note: Please consult your dealer for your local legal requirements. The maximum allowed speed may be different.

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