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'Human-electric' hybrid car goes 30 mph uphill
Fred Flintstone could only dream of such a car. The HumanCar Imagine PS, a four-seater vehicle that uses hand cranks, can take on hills at 30 miles per hour, exceed 60 mph on flat terrain and is expected to hit the market next year.
HumanCar is the self-funded brainchild of Charles Samuel Greenwood, an engineer who has been working on developing the perfect human-powered vehicle since the late 1960s. Now, it looks like his car is actually getting somewhere. According to Autoblog Green, the lightweight Imagine PS is street legal and, if four people are cranking inside, can run on human power alone. "PS" stands for "power station," naturally. Based in Eugene, Ore., HumanCar Inc. is preparing to start producing the car.
Originally posted by falige
Walking is even better for the environment. Just wait until someone points that out to Californians.
It may seem funny now but when oil gets to $1000 a barrel, and someday it will, it won't be so funny. I see there are solar panels but the crank might be a nice backup if it gets too overcast for the solar panels to work.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
I'm surprised none of the drivers who passed him didn't drive off the road from laughing so hard.
The “HumanCar 2011″ and Why It’s NOT the Future
Interested in your own Humancar 2011? They’re already taking deposits, which are just fifty US Dollars, although the actual unit will set you back more than fifteen grand! Unfortunately, a closer look at the concept shows it to be about as unrealistic as most “alternative transportation” concepts out there. Not only is it hyper-expensive, but the whole concept is unnecessarily complex and of limited utility.