I briefly mentioned the Rishock electric Quadricycle in a post last year, but I think the concept is overdue for a post of its own. Rishock was designed by Max Zoggia of Supermaxistudio in collaboration with Ali Kerkeni, and engineers Stefano Dolcetti and Sergio Rizzo. The recumbent pedal assist electric vehicles can accommodate two riders and are available in three different models (one of which has 2 additional seats for child passengers).
See the website for more information and many additional pictures. Also, be sure to check out this video of a Rishock in action on the streets of Turin, Italy. I would love to try one of these for myself, but I am not sure how well it would be received on the roads here in the United States. I’m curious to hear from any of you who have ridden a two abreast quadricycle, or even just a wide velomobile, in the U.S. How do drivers react, and do they treat you differently than if you are on a standard bicycle? With higher gas prices, I have noticed more and more street legal golf carts on the road lately, and from the standpoint of speed and size, those aren’t all THAT different from something like the Rishock or an electric Rhoades Car. Do you think we will ever see the day when pedal powered car alternatives will gain mass acceptance in the U.S? I have my thoughts, but I would love to hear discussion on the topic from all of you.