Grant Sinclair, the nephew of renowned serial inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, recently shared teaser images and video of his innovative IRIS eTrike®. The vehicle boasts a revamped interior and exterior design, and it is being prepared for mass production.
This is the first enclosed eBike that has been tested by an astronaut on television in 2017! Tim Peake, who is also a test pilot for Apache helicopters and can fly at speeds of over 4,000mph, made this statement about the bike:
“That’s a nice pickup. A lot of acceleration. Surprisingly fast. A lot of fun!”Tim Peake, astronaut
Tim was the first to test out the completed production model of IRIS eTrike after driving an earlier version on BBC’s The One Show which was filmed while Grant was on lockdown and viewed by five million people.
Grant brought the trike to Eurobike in Germany, where it earned the nickname “the Tesla of bikes”; this was the same year that Tesla showed off their Roadster2 and Truck prototypes. He has been in talks with established automotive and bike distributors from around the world, had a proposal from Sony for manufacturing, and designed a 150 sq/m showroom devoted to IRIS for a Norwegian distributor. Norway is known as one of the European countries with most electric vehicles, so it’s an ideal market for eTrikes.
The IRIS eTrike is made to be safe like being inside a large helmet and can be ridden on either roads or cycle paths by anyone aged fourteen or up without needing road tax, licensing, or insurance.
“Due to the climate crisis, fossil fuels are being phased out and major cities are imposing low speed limits or banning cars altogether. The average car has one occupant and people are put off riding bikes in extreme weather. I believe IRIS is part of the urgent solution !” Grant Sinclair, inventor
The trike is a lot faster than regular bicycles. It can go 30 mph and travel up to 30 miles in one charge. For safety, it has replaceable EPP foam sections and LED lights around the exterior for visibility. It’s also better for the environment and now comes with a cooling system and HEPA filters. It has an ergonomic seat that folds up to allow for more cargo storage space inside the cabin, which has a weatherproof acrylic canopy with de-mist capabilities. To experience this technology, people can sign up for public test rides starting in London on grantsinclair.com.
The public can check out the IRIS eTrike prototype at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, UK when they visit the MOTOPIA Exhibition from May 2023 to April 2024.