Anyone who can still remember physics lessons also knows Sir Isaac Newton. Legend has it that a falling apple hit his head, which is said to have inspired his famous law of gravity. In 1687 he formulated the principles of mechanics that are still valid today. The formula for the force is quite central:
Force = mass x acceleration
What does all this have to do with us? For the pilot of an electric vehicle it means that he may accelerate less if he wants to save energy. For the manufacturer, however, it means that he has to build lighter vehicles.
Less weight = less fuel consumption
In our opinion, building heavy electric vehicles is of relatively little use. It will be a great and new drive, but little or no energy will be saved. The electric drive is in principle ideal to build light vehicles, because the engine gets by with a much lower mass of a combustion engine. There is no gearbox, clutch, tank etc. in the electric vehicle. The lower the dead weight of an electric vehicle, the smaller (and thus lighter) the batteries can be and the shorter the charging times.
According to current planning, the TWIKE 5 will weigh 380 to 500 kg depending on the battery configuration. Now there are some TWIKE pilots who ask "Why will the TWIKE 5 weigh twice as much as the TWIKE 3? Isn't that a step backwards?" You can certainly see it that way. However, the "heavier" TWIKE 5 will offer more driving dynamics, more speed, more stability, more safety and also more comfort - points that many have missed with the TWIKE 3 so far. In addition, we have succeeded in improving the efficiency of the drive and the aerodynamics in such a way that the TWIKE 5 even consumes less fuel from around 50 km/h.
If we look at what electric vehicles are on the market - a Tesla Model S weighs more than four times as much, a BMW i3 almost three times as much as a TWIKE 5 - then we are sure that we are on the right track with the TWIKE 5. The world doesn't need any more giant vehicles weighing tons. The vehicle of the future must be smarter. Let's TWIKE.