The father and son team of Edwin and Kyxz Mendiola are biking enthusiasts. And since they enjoy biking together, Kyxz thought it would be doubly fun to have a bike that will allow them to literally ride together.
Kyxz is a former Philippine All Stars dancer but he is known now as inventor of the flying sports car. This year, however, he developed a three-wheeled, two-seater vehicle he calls the RT32 Atlantis. It has a 1000-kilowatt capacity capable of a 40 kph cruising speed and a range of 100 kilometers.
A sensor activates the motor when one starts to pedal, and the RT32 Atlantis can go as fast as 60 kph. “It works like a regular bike—you can go fast or slow by controlling the pedals,” says Kyxz.
Kyxz’s latest invention is great for leisurely strolls around the city but it can also work for longer rides. The inventor tried riding it from Bonifacio Global City to Quezon City (about 20km back and forth) and it didn’t disappoint.
Last Sunday, he rode it with his dad Edwin going up to Tanay, Rizal. The e-trike weighs lighter than a regular motorcycle, and Kyxz assures us it’s easy to maneuver even on an uphill ride. It’s also friendly to the environment since it doesn’t use fuel. Its battery can be recharged at home, and families can carry enough batteries so they can travel the whole day using the e-trike. An LCD display tells the rider of the vehicle’s speed, distance, and remaining battery life.
“It’s really designed so that families can bond while biking. Iba kasi yung naka-tandem, mas masaya kaysa regular biking together,” says Kyxz. The inventor says he also has a cargo e-trike that’s perfect for commercial use (e.g. deliveries).
For now, the RT32 Atlantis is available on a per order basis. The basic model is priced at P150,000. For inquiries, message Kyxz via his Facebook page.
Photos courtesy of Kyxz Mendiola