HumanCar aims for a healthy planet with healthy drivers

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HumanCar aims for a healthy planet with healthy drivers

At first glance it might look a bit like an elongated pedal car for kids, but its designers are convinced the HumanCar Imagine PS is a serious player in the search for cleaner, greener ways to get around. The vehicle converts the rowing motion of the driver and any passengers into rotational thrust to charge a battery and power the vehicle in conjunction with an electric motor. So not only is it healthy for the planet – it is healthy for the occupants too. And as an added bonus the vehicle can also be used store energy and act as a backup power generator to provide electricity to the home.

The innovative vehicle is dubbed an NEV because it falls into the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) classification for low speed vehicles. So although the HumanCar is capable of reaching speeds of around 62 mph (100 km/h) it is limited to 25 mph (around 40 km/h) to comply with the classification.

The car includes seating for four, with rowing handlebars for each passenger. It can be powered by one, two, three or four people, the battery-powered electric motor, or any combination of human and electric power. The battery can also be charged via a standard electrical outlet if you feel you’ve had your quota of exercise for the day.

Is the unemployment rate among satirists rising? If not they must be working harder than ever to keep ahead of reality.

As for the car -- yabba-dabba-doo!

It's the ObamaCar.

Kind of like a newer version of the People's Car. 2010 American edition of the "Volkswagen".

Is there a photograph available?

Maybe with Van Jones at the controls?

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It's the ObamaCar.

Kind of like a newer version of the People's Car. 2010 American edition of the "Volkswagen".

Is there a photograph available?

Maybe with Van Jones at the controls?

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There's a pic w/the article, just click the link.
Some of the comments are brutal, here's a mild one:

The Human Car Impulse reminds me of a Mennonite that I met 15 years ago. He couldn't afford a horse, so he cobbled up a buggy with pedals for the driver and passengers. Here's the great part. Imagine his black canvas buggy going down the road with three people pedaling with hands AND feet, and the the driver with feet only! The buggy did have a yoke for a horse- someday.

:D

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