The Bio-Hybrid PICK-UP Combines Human and Electric Power to Move Cargo

mages: Bio-Hybrid GmbH

For some, the Bio-Hybrid PICK-UP may be a healthier way to deliver the goods – peddling will be required.

Think of the Bio-Hybrid PICK-UP as two E-bikes mushed together with a cargo bed, which is the main reason it is being featured on TFL Truck. There is very little technical information available on the pickup’s bed size and capacities. I would guess it’s about four-feet long (at the bottom) and, perhaps just over 30-inches wide. The Bio-Hybrid is set up for one pilot who peddles to extend the range of the electric motor. The electric motor can power the vehicle or assist the person when needed. The batteries can be plugged in to charge or can get recharged by human power.

There is also the Bio-Hybrid BOX model with a closed box that provides a solid storage container. It appears to be about four feet high, three feet across, and perhaps three feet long. Dimensions and capabilities are not available on their website. The vehicle is meant for European customers. The measurements are based only on my estimates.

Prices will start at about $13,500 USD.

There are other versions of the Bio-Hybrid including a model that allows you to bring a passenger along. I searched their website for additional technical information, or about the possibility of selling these vehicles in the States. No luck. Right now, it appears the company is looking for investment before they start full production.

These tiny trucks come with road-legal lighting, roofs with windshields, windshield washers, and a four-wheel independent suspension.

Obviously, this type of pickup/delivery vehicle is best suited for congested urban environments. After doing some research on similar vehicles, it may be that the Bio-Hybrid PICK-UP is limited to under 28 mph. Cargo may be limited to under 500 lbs as well. Once again, based on my estimates.

While impractical for lengthy suburban treks – a small fleet of these little pickups swarming in big cities would be interesting. In Germany, these vehicles are permitted on all bike paths. They do not require a driver’s license. It might not be suitable for our Ike Gauntlet.

Buyers interested in either of these two versions can put their name down now. All additional details are also available at www.biohybrid.com

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.