Ridekick International, a Colorado-based company, recently introduced the Ridekick power trailer—the first commercially available electric-powered bicycle trailer. It blends the design of an electric bicycle with a bike trailer, letting a bicyclist (on a conventional bike) ride at speeds up to 19 mph (31 km/h) without pedaling.
|The Ridekick power boost trailer. Click to enlarge.|
The trailer, with a 42-liter lockable storage compartment contains a 500 W electric brush traction motor and a 24V, 12 Ah sealed lead acid (SLA) battery. The system has a range of 12 to 15 miles on a single charge. Ridekick is taking orders on Li-ion battery packs which will weigh less and offer greater range.
Base priced at $699, the Ridekick power trailer attaches to most bikes in minutes and can be unhitched in seconds for traditional riding. The power trailer thus offers an alternative for riders who do not want to make an investment in a full electric bike.
Ridekick International was founded by Mark Wanger in 2009. Wanger became interested in taking the sweat out of his bicycle commute to local sustainability organization meetings in Fort Collins, Colorado.