EcoCaddy trikes bring hybrid electric short-trip taxi experience to Adelaide city centre

EcoCaddy is  a short-trip passenger service, using bamboo-bodied hybrid-electric tricycles, within Adelaide CBD, North Adelaide and the parklands.

EcoCaddy, a short-trip passenger service for the Adelaide city centre, using bamboo-bodied hybrid-electric tricycles, is consolidating on its challenging start in 2015.

EcoCaddy’s founder Daniels Langeberg, whose qualifications include bachelor of urban and regional planning with first class honours at the University of South Australia, worked in Shanghai, helping design green cities. While racing fixed-gear bikes in China, Landenberg met Chris and Florence Trees, designers and makers of Treecycle: an electric-assisted pedal trike, built from steam-pressed bamboo and aluminium, that now comprises EcoCaddy’s fleet.

Langenberg modified the trikes to runs much like a taxi fleet, with dispatchers, modern technology and electric assist to help riders reach speeds of up to 25 kilometres per hour.

Besides taking on Adelaide’s car obsession, Langeberg bravely became Australia’s first pedicab company in Australia to provide riders with a wage, rather than commission, to retain drivers who match the culture of the venture. The wage system was propped up by advertising and sponsorship on the vehicles. Courier and delivery services are other sidelines, and EcoCaddy diversified into city and parklands tours.

Dovetailing with Adelaide City Council carbon-neutral goals and its own eco-friendly philosophy, EcoCaddy struck a deal with Ride, an operator of e-scooters in the Adelaide CDB, to collect and recharge its scooters with a custom-built EcoCart and avoid the use of cars or trucks.

These extra revenue possibilities have allowed EcoCaddy to settle more comfortably into new headquarters in Pulteney Street, Adelaide. EcoCaddy’s short-trip taxi service operates on a $10 flat fee within the Adelaide City Council zone, includes the Adelaide city centre, North Adelaide and the parklands. EcoCaddy is also looking to create an app to increase its accessibility.

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