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Sporkman
August 19th, 2010, 04:22 PM
I'm a little skeptical... Then again, I could use some exercise...


A Hand-Cranked Hybrid Car

Melissa Hincha-Ownby, 08.18.10, 06:00 PM EDT

The HumanCar Imagine PS uses hand cranks to generate power.

The next big thing in hybrid vehicles may not come from the likes of Toyota or General Motors. Instead, it may come from Charles Samuel Greenwood. Greenwood has been working on a human-powered vehicle concept for decades, and all of his hard work is coming together in the form of the HumanCar Imagine PS. The vehicle seats four and generates power through a system of hand cranks. Yes, hand cranks...

http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/18/hybrid-car-toyota-technology-humancar.html?feed=rss_technology

Sporkman
August 19th, 2010, 04:26 PM
Speaking of unconventionally powered cars, there are also cars powered by compressed air:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compressed_air_car

Gallahhad
August 19th, 2010, 04:40 PM
Cool, who's ready to do that 20 mile commute in the human powered car with me through 6 inches of new snow in 20 below weather?

Lets get going, I don't wanna be late for work.

Sporkman
August 19th, 2010, 04:41 PM
Cool, who's ready to do that 20 mile commute in the human powered car with me through 6 inches of new snow in 20 below weather?

Lets get going, I don't wanna be late for work.

The cold weather would keep us from getting too sweaty.

TNT1
August 19th, 2010, 04:42 PM
I got several human powered bicycles....

Johnsie
August 19th, 2010, 04:47 PM
The rowing mechanism looks like it could be uncomfortable and bad for the back, but I like the idea. It would be interesting to see if they could make it more like a gymn rowing with a cord/chain rather than a metal bar. If you used that and ate correctly you would be built like a tank in no time.

Sporkman
August 19th, 2010, 04:59 PM
...or perhaps:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-11023725

TheNerdAL
August 19th, 2010, 05:01 PM
I thought this thread was going to be about a car that ate humans as fuel. :lolflag:

Tristam Green
August 19th, 2010, 05:23 PM
(in before IT)

NCLI
August 19th, 2010, 05:35 PM
Here's the family model:
http://www.moonbattery.com/flintstones_car.jpg

Sporkman
August 19th, 2010, 05:41 PM
Here's the family model:
http://www.moonbattery.com/flintstones_car.jpg

You know, with the angular momentum of those big stone wheels, breaking & accelerating must be a real chore...

Dragonbite
August 19th, 2010, 05:59 PM
That would be so cool! Get the kids in the back seat to "pull their weight" plus expends energy in a productive way and if their hands are busy they can't keep hitting/poking each other! Perfect!

TNT1
August 19th, 2010, 06:06 PM
if their hands are busy they can't keep hitting/poking each other! Perfect!

The hitting and poking doesn't bother me so much. It's when they fiddle with the controls for the windows, seats, seatbelts, window blinds, smear their dirty hands on the windows and seats, that I start to wonder why...