“Gulas has spent the last six years building something called the eROCKIT that defies a vehicle category. Unlike a motorcycle, it’s active– you have to pedal to make it go. But unlike a motorized bicycle it goes incredibly fast. So fast it can out accelerate a car. And it’s completely electric, borrowing some technology and looks from your home exercise bike.
The German Electric-Bicycle on Steroids, goes 50 MPH with TREMENDOUS Acceleration – Comes to the US – Looks fun to Drive!
Amazingly, Gulas bootstrapped it, without any real vehicle engineering know-how. He’s sold 40 of them for about 12,000 Euros each. The biggest bottleneck is production, so Gulas was in town looking for investors. Sadly for TechCrunchTV, he didn’t actually have an eROCKIT with him, but watching videos of people riding it and interacting with it and one thing was clear– there is something about this device that captivates makes people smile.
It reminds me of the Segway. You get on it and lean and suddenly you’re shooting across a room. We have one in the office and everyone who gets on it, can’t help but laugh. Similarly, you get on the eROCKIT and pedal, expecting the ingrained sense memory of a bike’s normal acceleration, when the thing just takes off, with a top speed of 50 miles per hour and a distance of 45 miles between charges. And the eROCKIT looks cooler than a Segway. (Not hard.) Gulas has a 3 inch thick binder of press clippings– which all started when a TV reporter was captivated watching him drive the thing around Berlin.”
Love all the driving on the video above. eROCKIT in action in Southern France