Human Hybrid Vehicle Project
return to mobility
We're exploring the potential for a Human Hybrid Vehicle that would allow some people to go carless.
Goal: Provides a year-round alternative to owning a car for those commuting in urban environments...3G bicycle
- Can be used by one or two people
- can be used 365 days per year all weather (rain without getting wet)
- maintain 20 mph
- can go 30 miles on a charge
- has room for two bags of groceries and secure storage for pc and office material
- has electric assist for hills (removable lithium battery)
- less than $3,000
- have a intra-urban commuter demand
- commute up to 10 miles to work (studies showed this was the limit for most people).
- replaces need for a vehicle
- want to go "off the pump"
- Safety lights
- Storage PC
- Music / iPod dock with recharging
- Trailer hitch
- child trailer
- tie to zip car
- financing options - Carbon credits
- recycle content of the vehicle...how it can be recycled
- Vehicle being stolen
- State vehicle licensing laws?
- Age limit?
- You could save $XXXX per year = average annual cost to own a car. So over ten years you could....buy a new house!
- NO gas!....Dump the pump!
- No insurance
- Minimum maintenance
- Average cost of new vehicle = $XXXX
- Exercise...health and weight benefits...and sexy benefits...buns of steel.
- Save the planet...over it's life you could save XXX tons of carbon
- Solves parking needs
- No drivers license
Design Ideas and Considerations
- 1 and 2 person versions
- Semi-recumbent ...near normal sitting position
- Shell body (removable / optional)
- Trunk storage system
- electric assist
- Human Drive (Back wheel #1)
- Shimano component - Nexus 8 speed hub and twist shift
- Most sophisticated drive option Optibike
- Generator Hub
- LED lights from + back (turn signal?)
- Busch - Muller - Lumontec lights
- Breezer Villager bike - commuter
Frame / Seat
- 6 Day Bike has a semi-recumbent position. Their seats are more in line with our concept.
- Can you have the barking charge a battery?
- Regenerative braking
- Tupperware-type material - clips together
- Recycled plastic
- Holes with lids
- Twist to line up holes
- Handlebar? Steering wheel? Bar?
- 'Churn' style a la Twike Design Click Buy
- Super-light Protanium® Lithium battery pack: Schwinn's choice for battery power is the Protanium® lithium polymer battery, claiming to be the lightest and most durable on the market weighing in at a little over 4 pounds. One charge will last 40 - 60 miles. The size, weight and convenient positioning of the Schwinn Protanium® battery gives the rider a battery they can charge, insert and forget about. Like other lithium-ion batteries, it charges fully in less than 4 hours and provides 100% power to the motor until the point when the battery is fully depleted. The Schwinn Protanium® battery will last approximately 500 - 600 charge cycles at 100 percent output.
- Giant bike: 44 lbs for bike and 12 pounds for battery
- National laws?
- Starting under your own power