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Founded 1946 (1946)
Headquarters Paris, France
Area served
Products Mopeds, motorized bicycles
Website www.solex-international.com

VéloSoleX is a moped, or motorised bicycle, which was originally produced by the French manufacturer Solex, based in Paris, France. The company manufactured centrifugal radiators, carburetors, and micrometers, before branching into assist motors and bicycles.


Owned successively by Dassault, Renault, Motobécane/MBK, VéloSoleX sold more than 7 million units worldwide before ceasing production in France in 1988. Production of the VéloSoleX restarted in both China and Hungary after 1988, but production ceased in Hungary in 2002. VéloSoleX is now manufactured in France.

Motorized tricycle VéloSolex.


The Solex motorized bicycle was conceived during World War II and marketed in 1946, with eight million being sold between 1946 and 1988 in France and internationally, having been marketed in some 70 countries.The French design ceased production in 1988.[1] It lived on for almost two decades as a licensed design produced in China and Hungary. Production returned to France in 2005, and as of 2011 the S4800 model being marketed by VeloSolex America in North Bergen, NJ.[2]


As of 2012, the French company offers three products:

  • Velosolex - an electric folding bike which can reach speeds of up to 25 km/h and has a range of up to 50 km.[3]
  • Solexity - an electric assisted bicycle which can reach speeds of up to 25 km/h [Pedelec norm] and has a range of up to 60 km.[4]
  • e-Solex - an electric bike which can reach speeds of 25 or 35 km/h and has a range of up to 40 km.[5]

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