The publisher of EVWorld has just over 20 days to gin up about $270,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter for an electric-assist bicycle project. The Quikbyke Q•pod will involve pop-up rental shops in the form of "pods" that will be shipped to areas of potential heavy rental demand. The company is also selling $30 t-shirts. The way things stand now, it will take a lot of t-shirts to hit the funding goal, but one never knows.

The Quikbyke crowdfunding effort was kicked off on July 14 and as of this writing raised a little over $5,300 from 20 pretty committed backers. The company is pitching "Fun, Fitness, and a Greener Future For Us All." That would come in the form of electric bikes that can go as fast as 15 miles per hour and are said to be the world's lightest electric-assist bicycles. And since the electric motors would weigh about 30 pounds, the Quikbyke is touted as one of the world's lightest electric-assist bicycles.

The bikes would be housed in "repurposed" 20-foot steel shipping containers that would be shipped to tropical locales in winter to be available for maximum demand and then shipped further north in the summer. The idea, of course, is to get more people to forego driving and instead hop on bikes for trips that are three miles or shorter. The bike's on-board batteries would be solar powered, and a typical 'pop-up' shop, aka the "Q•pod," would hold 15 bikes. Check out a 50-second video on the project here, and take a look at the Kickstarter summary below.

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