By Nick Miles
Fuelled by both the pedal power of a bicycle and an electric engine that runs from the energy generated by a small number of solar panels, a tablet computer is also included in this innovative mode of transportation to allow ‘drivers’ to see their mileage and speed.
The brainchild of Minnesota-based designer Lyon Smith and CEO Rich Kronfeld, the duo claim the street-legal Human Electric Vehicle can travel up to 100 mph, running between 50 and 75 miles before needing a recharge.
Because three-wheeled modes of transport qualify as motorcycles and are thus exempt from various taxes and congestion charges, there has recently been renewed interest in them from consumers. After showing their first prototype at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, the pair now plan to develop the concept further, and construct a redesigned version later this year.
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