CYCLE manufacturer Pashley is looking to the future as it approaches its centenary.
The Stratford-based firm, founded in 1926, has revealed the first glimpse of its prototype, chain-less drive, Multi-trike.
The low carbon footprint trike, which is expected to sell for around £6,500, is designed to safely and efficiently carry light goods, shopping and young children.
Unlike conventional electrically assisted tricycles, which have a chain drive coupled with a hub or mid-drive motor, the Multi-trike employs a generator at the pedal crank which activates battery driven motors on each of its rear wheels.
The ‘drive-by-wire’ system does away with much of the complexities seen in conventional systems Riders sit on the saddle and start pedalling and the system takes the load and assists on the journey.
Pashley managing director Adrian Williams said: “The Multi-trike shows yet again that Pashley is a forward-thinking innovator and manufacturer in this rapidly developing world of micro-mobility.
“The Multi-trike will add to our extensive sales offering of practical and purposeful light-transport products designed for both business and consumer markets, all designed and hand-built at our factory in Stratford-upon-Avon.”
The Multi-trike is expected to enter production in the first half of next year.