WE WOULD LIKE YOUR INPUT..
In our poll that we ran about 6 months ago, many people told us that they wished PodRide had a convertible option, so you can ride PodRide without the roof on in good weather. At the time, we said this was not possible with the first version of PodRide, due to many technical obstacles that would need to be overcome.
As we have moved forward with our re-design, we are now at a point where having a topless capability with PodRide appears “reasonably doable”. There are a number of issues we will need to resolve. There is also the remote possibility of a “hidden problem” we are yet to discover that could make it unviable, but at the moment it looks promising. It will probably add about 1-2 months in design time, but we think it could be worth it for the 3 main reasons as outlined below.
1. SUMMER FUN:
Buggy Mode extends the functionality and versatility of PodRide. The fully enclosed PodRide design is great for cold & wet weather, but in summer it would be nice to have a more open and fun PodRiding experience. PodRide in Buggy Mode delivers! We expect that you would be able to take the roof off in just a minute or two via a quick release mechanism.
2. LOWER COST OPTION:
Not everyone needs the upper body/canopy. If you love the 4 wheel design but live in a climate where you don’t need a roof, it will be cheaper to buy PodRide without the upper body/canopy. (Note the cost of including this buggy mode capability in the product from the start would be negligible – but it would be difficult and expensive to do as a retro fit later.)
3. TWO VEHICLES IN ONE:
PodRide without the upper body/canopy has a completely different look. It’s a more rugged and open style. The image here gives you an idea on how it will look without the upper body. If you don’t like the look of buggy mode – don’t ever take the upper body/roof off.
Note: This appearance is not final, there are still more changes to be added such as a front bumper and side panels between the front and rear wheel tubs.
But the plan would be to allow you to have the upper body and canopy on when the weather is bad, and take it off when the weather is amazing.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Please share your thoughts in the comments section on our facebook page regarding this potential new development.
Should we invest a couple of weeks of design time in exploring the ability to do this?
After the 2 weeks exploration, if we decide to go forward with this option it would add 3-7 weeks overall delay.
The other option is we don’t provide this option in version one of PodRide and offer a removable roof in a future version.