Deutschland-Nederland FairingFlex

Individual product developments for velomobiles and special bicycles

Two applications are being worked on in the Fairing Flex project: 1.) Development of an individual prototype for partially self-supporting fairings for velomobiles and special bicycles and 2.) Development of individual, load-bearing food transport boxes for cargo bikes. The focus here is on the production of the prototypes using the fleximould process developed in the Smart Production project (
The shape of the transport boxes of Cargobikes and the cladding of Velomobiles have to be constructed mainly individually depending on the application requirements. In addition, maintaining the temperature through insulation plays an important role in refrigerated as well as hot food transport.
Bicycles (with and without electric drive) are a less polluting alternative to motorised transport. For weather-independent mobility over longer distances, recumbent tricycles with an enclosed fairing (so-called velomobiles) have been developed, and cargo bicycles have been developed for transporting loads over short distances. The tour patterns and distances covered vary according to the market segment served (“Untersuchung des Einsatzes von Fahrrädern im Wirtschaftsverkehr” (WIV-RAD), J. Gruber, C. Rudolph, 2016). Lightweight construction plays a special role here, as a low weight of the fairing or load container requires less (electrical) energy when using the bicycle.


Planned project costs

231.795,57 €

Project Duration

1.8.2021 - 31.12.2022


Increase of cross-border innovation in the programme area

Lead Partner

Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V.

Project partners

Saxion, Hochschule Niederrhein, Nijland Cycling BV, Cargo Cycling GbR,


Financer Amount
Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V. 31.343,77 €
Provincie Overijssel 4.025,48 €
Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat 6.038,22 €
Cargo Cycling GbR 22.566,88 €
Hochschule Niederrhein 16.703,84 €
MWIDE NRW 10.063,70 €
Nijland Cycling BV 32.158,33 €
EFRE / EFRO 96.408,92 €
Saxion 12.486,43 €