Saturday, January 30, 2010

Recombent motorized velomobile?

It's a 125cc Honda Innova that's been tweaked and now gets 199 MPG on average, with a record of 214. Notice he solves the problem using physics -- starting with a fairly efficient platform, then modifying aerodynamics and gearing -- rather than starting with an inefficient platform and attempting to solve the problem by adding a bunch of heavy, toxic batteries and in some cases attempting to charge those batteries from a coal-powered electric grid.

Granted, a human riding a bicycle (better yet: a recumbent velomobile) is still, as far as I know, the most efficient way to turn energy into distance traveled, but this kind of stuff will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

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