HumanCar can go 60 mph with just human power

by Mark R

This is the HumanCar, and it is a vehicle that does not require gas. Oh yes, I am not making this up.

It is designed by Charles Greenwood, and it made by the user “rowing” to go forward, and it also has a back-up electric battery. Somehow, this allows the driver to reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

There is a video of this after the jump if you want to see this row-powered vehicle in action.

I suppose that we have all wanted the human powered car since we saw Fred use one on The Flintstones. I suppose it was just a matter of time before someone saw that arm power was better than the courtesy of Fred’s two feet. Just be grateful that you don’t have to brake with bare heels. I’m guessing that this is a lot like riding a bike, and I don’t really want to take this up hill.

This vehicle will cost you a cool 10,000 Great Britain Pounds. It will be available next year, but the inventor has already received approximately 100 pre-orders already. It also has an all-weather roof, and it apparently has a touch-screen display, as well as a GPS.

So are we looking at an age where the HumanCar floods our streets? Well, perhaps not the freeways. I do like the idea of saving on gas.


13 reviews or comments

Double Dave Says: August 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm

10,000 pounds?

No, actually less than 10,000 OUNCES

or about 600 pounds

60 mph with battery power

Evan Says: August 21, 2010 at 6:53 am

“This vehicle does weigh in at 10,000 pounds”

I’m thinking the writer became carried away with 0’s and comma’s. It seems dubious enough that a human can propel themselves to 60mph; but downright silly to say that a human can propel 10,000lbs + their own weight to 60mph.

Ezra Says: August 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

I’m betting it doesn’t really weigh 10,000 pounds.

joe bloe Says: August 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Great idea, perhaps including some “Kinetic Energy Reservoir Systems” would help store more energy from breaking and thus require less effort from user and for hills.

Lincoln Continental Says: August 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

“This vehicle does weigh in at 10,000 pounds”. Hmmm…must be made of solid gold?

Edwin Says: August 22, 2010 at 1:08 am

Ezra, it doesn’t. It costs GBP10,000 – a typo on our part. Sorry! We’ve amended it to reflect the accurate information. Thanks again for spotting it!

Edwin Says: August 22, 2010 at 1:08 am

Hi Lincoln, it actually costs GBP10,000 – I’ve amended the post accordingly. Thanks for spotting this error! :)

Edwin Says: August 22, 2010 at 1:10 am

Hi Evan, it is 10,000 GBP. Sorry for the mix up, and thanks for spotting the mistake! :) Cheers!

Edwin Says: August 22, 2010 at 1:10 am

Hi Double Dave, it is 10,000 GBP. Thanks for the eagle eyes and possible theories! :)

GAILEN Says: August 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm

It’s about time. I wish I were stonger & it was air conditioned. Here in south Louisiana it’s awfully hot.

simon kranky Says: August 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm

If this is Great Britain… whAT THE HELL WAS THAT thing ????WAITING TO CROSS THE ROAD… that animals pumped!!!!??????? just after car comes out of driveway……..

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