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Charge by TerraTrike, a Value-Packed Recumbent E-Trike

TerraTrike Charge front side
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Founded on the notion that recumbent touring bikes are more fun, Michigan’s TerraTrike has released the new Charge E-Trike. We just recently covered a different kind of e-trike from RadPower, though with a more upright riding position.

Claiming to be the “first to bring an e-trike to market in 2014”, TerraTrike brings you “the first affordable recumbent e-trike available online or through dealers”. The new trike features a lively and maneuverable tadpole layout. For those that don’t know (like me) a recumbent with a tadpole layout means two wheels (that steer) up front, with a single trailing drive wheel.

TerraTrike Charge side profile
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TerraTrike Charge rear hub drive

The Charge is powered by the Danish ebike motor specialist, Promovec, said to deliver a “smooth” 43Nm of torque. The rear hub motor is powered by a 374Wh battery.

TerraTrike Charge comand center

All of your ride, motor, and battery data are viewable on a large, full-color display with an easy-to-use display that is located where it is easily read while riding.

TerraTrike Sales and Marketing Director, Marshall Randall said, “This new Charge is going to open doors for so many riders wishing to extend their riding range with the addition of e-assist and the comfort a tadpole trike brings.” Adding, “We’re seeing a number of new offerings in the more upright delta style e-trikes, where you have two wheels in back, which is great, but we’re confident that riders wishing for a bit more comfort, stability and performance will fall in love with the benefits of the Charge.”

TerraTrike steering

TerraTrike Charge’s 20×1.9″ tires help add comfort to your ride, no matter where your adventure takes you. The direct steering is provided by a horizontal handlebar position that offers a tight turning radius for precision handling.

TerraTrike Seat

Charge’s comfortable padded seat mesh provides a breathable and washable surface with extra padding to increase lateral support.

Charge Features and Retail

Retail: $3249

  • Promovec 50750-BL Motor
  • 250W of power
  • DT2 36V-374Wh Battery
  • Walk Assist plus 4 additional levels
  • 275lb weight limit
  • 20×1.9″ VEE tires

Surcharge Notice: Due to unexpectedly high freight costs, a $75 pass-thru surcharge is being added to all trikes in addition to the retail price.


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Mark Hendricks
Mark Hendricks
1 year ago

I just don’t get it. Why are we still investing and promoting 90’s technology? Recumbents don’t climb well (fast). Hub motors don’t climb well (lose power under load). With the price of torque sensing mid-drivrs now being on bikes and trikes under $2k, it just doesn’t make sense to use them. Simpler, easier maintenance. With more and more states banning all but Class I bikes from trails, being able to eliminate the throttle, without making it too hard to start, is another bike plus. Heck, at least make it a torque sensing hub drive. That tiny battery, with the weight of the bike, would extend range dramatically

1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Hendricks

I might climb as fast but I know I go down hills faster and probably outrun you on the flats. So, enjoy your climb!

John Nepsa
John Nepsa
1 month ago
Reply to  Phillip

I have my 2nd TerraTrike and its a Charge. One does not ride this trike to GO FAST but enjoy the ride. At 76 it provides a longer ride with the same amount of effort. Thus and the down hill. Well I have felt “butt-pucker” what a rush. Zionsville IN

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