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Makrolon® Polycarbonate Sheet for Coaster Pedicab Case Study

Polycarbonate pedal power

Polycarbonate sheet gives pedicab strength, durability and fresh look

Frustrated by equipment malfunctions and lack of options, Ben Morris, chief pedicab officer, Coaster Pedicab, set out to create the pedicab he believed the market was missing. Utilizing feedback from its mechanics, drivers, passengers and management team, the company began developing the next-generation pedicab. The result was the Coaster Pedicab.

OEM: Coaster Pedicab
Supplier: Covestro LLC
Industry: Transportation
Application: Coaster Pedicab – Pro, Luxe and Luxe All Weather models
Product: Makrolon® SL polycarbonate sheet

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The team revolutionized the design, keeping only the standard three-wheel concept. Next, Coaster Pedicab began searching for the ideal material. Lightweight and formable Makrolon® SL polycarbonate sheet from Covestro LLC fit the bill. Gauge selection, color and tint definition, fabrication, form, fit and function were all key drivers for this unique application.

Other possible materials could not satisfy the needs of this demanding application. Fiberglass was too heavy, and other thermoplastic materials prototyped could not withstand the abuse a pedicab endures. Makrolon® SL polycarbonate sheet, on the other hand, offers lighter weight, greater durability, higher impact strength and a brighter, cleaner look.

Makrolon® SL polycarbonate sheet is used for the pedicab siding and canopy, which provide structure, protection from the elements and a backing surface for applying advertisements. There are currently three models of Coaster Pedicabs on the market – Pro, Luxe and Luxe All Weather – all of which use Covestro’s polycarbonate sheet.

In addition to the material advantages provided by the polycarbonate sheet, Coaster Pedicab also benefited from the support offered by Covestro’s technical experts.

The main properties of Makrolon® SL polycarbonate sheet are:

  • Light weight
  • Enhanced UV resistance
  • Excellent weatherability
  • High impact strength
  • Easily fabricated, formed and decorated
  • Available in clear, matte and 9 industry-standard colors
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