First off: Daniel Düsentrieb would have lost it if he had been the one who invented the ‘Pocket Rocket’ from ‘SOL Motors.’ But he wasn’t; it was Manuel Meßmer who did. The Swabian wants to get from A to B as casually, independently and, above all else, as green as possible. Very commendable.

THE POCKET ROCKET –
THE GREENEST TRAVELLER SINCE THE TWO WHEELER

Category: Mobility     Text: Angela Peltner

Photo: Gökçe Baturay
First off: Daniel Düsentrieb would have lost it if he had been the one who invented the ‘Pocket Rocket’ from ‘SOL Motors.’ But he wasn’t; it was Manuel Meßmer who did. The Swabian wants to get from A to B as casually, independently and, above all else, as green as possible. Very commendable. The Black Forest is ripe with natural elevation and long winding routes, making it an optimal breeding ground for Mr. Meßmer’s considerations about the future of mobility. Environmental friendliness and independent travel were the topicc for the product designer ever since he eagerly got his moped licence. He wanted to be independent of traffic jams in the city and of local traffic in the outskirts. He decided to create an alternative. He calls this mobility hybrid the “Noped”. It’s neither an e-bike nor a moped, with its 45 to 80 km/h speeds and as the name suggests (No-Ped) there are no pedals to be pedalled.
KEEP IT SIMPLE, BUT CLEVER
The Noped is more like a naked bike. The construction consists of a triangular light alloy frame and two wheels, with the rear one equipped with an integrated wheel hub motor. It also sports two hydraulic disc brakes, a handlebar and a seat cushion, which is mounted on a thick lengthwise tube (named the rocket). It is within this heart of the Noped that the headlight and taillight, as well as a 30 ampere lithium-ion battery with complete control electronics are powered. To recharge, simply remove the battery and it will be fully charged within 90 minutes. And we’re off to the races. You can then reportedly easily cover between 60 and 80 kilometres before it needs to be recharged. The Noped reminds me of a futuristic BMX bike from a Stranger Things episode. It must be because of that aluminium frame and the rocket tube. That heavy looking frame actually only weighs 55 kilos. With the combustion engine is missing, it’s quite light, with only the empty punched out V still reminiscent of the relic of a moped. So it’s official. The E- moves ahead of the vehicle, and is a real evolutionary step forward for transport vehicles.
THE ALUMINIUM TUBE OF THE FUTURE
This spring the first 100 SOL Motors Pocket Rockets are hitting the market. I, for one, would absolutely love to get my hands on one of these. Sure, 5000 Euro and upwards isn’t exactly cheap, but this is just the beginning of a new green driving movement. Last night I dreamt that I was speeding through Berlin on a Pocket Rocket, feeling like I could lift off right any second. “To the moon, please” I heard myself saying in my half sleep.

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