Polycarbonate pedal power
Covestro’s polycarbonate sheet gives redesigned 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, professional drivers, passengers and the management team, the company began developing the next-generation pedicab. When they were finished, all that remained of the standard pedicab design was the three-wheel concept. They revolutionized the rest. The result was the Coaster Pedicab.
With the design set, the team began its search for the ideal material to bring it to life. 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,” said Justin Bruce, chief operating officer of Coaster Pedicab. “Fiberglass was too heavy, and other plastic 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. “Covestro has a long history of supplying polycarbonate sheet to the transportation industry,” said Celeste Dunn, segment manager for transportation, Polycarbonate Sheet, MS Global AG, a Covestro Company. “Working with Coaster Pedicab resulted in an outstanding end product that exceeded everyone’s expectations.”
The Coaster Pedicab is produced entirely in the United States at the company’s Montana plant and is available globally.