The Twike is a kind of velomobile
manufactured in Switzerland
. It looks like a very small three wheeled car
with a partially open top, or a very large cross between a futuristic tricycle
and a motorcycle
, with the two seated passenger compartment mostly enclosed. The more you pedal, the less battery power is expended - but you can rely fully on battery power when you wish.
As of June 2001, Discover magazine states that the mantufacturer (SwissLEM Ltd.) has sold about six hundred of these in Switzerland and Germany. They still cost more than an inexpensive car.
The best source for compact readable information about these vehicles is the June 2001 edition of Discover magazine. The website is http://www.twike.com/, with both English and Dutch versions available, and a really cool picture of a Twike among other things.