Human electric Hybrid Vehicle
Search the internet for “human-electric hybrid” and you will see some prototypes of cars, and many attempts at powered bikes or enclosed scooters. But where is the dreamer’s sustainable vehicle: a weather-proof car that can carry two, compete with fossil-fueled traffic, and provide the opportunity to get a workout while extending our range?
Would it surprise you to learn that there is one such vehicle on the market, available for sale today, street legal in Europe and North America? And that this vehicle is approaching 20 years of road-proven use by hundreds of sustainable-vehicle fans who have made the leap to a completely new lifestyle with a human-electric hybrid?
TWIKE sells the only human-electric hybrid currently mass-produced: vehicle number 1000 recently rolled off the assembly line. We visited the factory to get the answers to the existential questions regarding the future of human power in hybrid vehicles:
- What value does pedal-power add to a vehicle that must compete with traffic and over typical commuting distances?
- Is an HPV/EV hybrid the world's best city car?
- What are the challenges when you take a TWIKE on tour?
- What is the lowest cost per mile that can be hyper-miled out of a TWIKE?
- Can people improve their fitness with an HPV/EV Hybrid?
- Is there still a place for a 20-year old human-powered EV design in a world where Teslas command the "EV sportscar" headlines and most major car manufacturers have an EV on or coming to the market? And closely related, is the EV trend killing human-powered vehicles (HPVs)?
Introduction to the TWIKE
TWIKE met its market for the first time at the 1986 Vancouver World Expo, winning the "functionality award" for best ergonomic design in the innovative vehicle design competition. The unique joystick control keeps legroom free for pedaling as the driver "floats" over the roadway on the single front wheel, earning TWIKE drivers the nickname "pilots". The company offers a training course, TWIKE to Fly, in which potential customers or adventurous vacationers can earn a TWIKE driver's license qualifying them to rent a TWIKE .
German engineering: TWIKE fulfills vehicle inspection standards.
The TWIKE was developed and produced initially in Switzerland, but production moved to Germany after the initial TWIKE investors became insolvent (2002) and a group of German importers joined together to purchase the equipment and continue TWIKE production under the company FINE Mobile.
Twike's body withstands UV-radiation without deterioration.
TWIKE lucked out a bit by adopting Luran-S for the body material. BASF was pitching the plastic for automotive applications due to the fact that it can be recycled to material of equal value to the starting plastic (no downcycling). It turns out the material has weathered the years well, proving highly UV-resistant so that even unpainted older models look as good as new.
Direct Drive Pedal Power
Wolfgang Möscheid explains the direct drive.
At the TWIKE factory, a group of dedicated individuals work at fulfilling a vision more than merely running a business. The person with whom we had contact was Wolfgang Möscheid, who (dare I say?) could be called the spiritual leader at TWIKE. A man who believes in what he does, the energy and conviction he contributes to TWIKE adds soul to the company, and animates him as he explains the pedal power concept used by TWIKE.
TWIKE's enclosed bike chain drive requires little maintenance.
Although there is talk of changing to a pedal-powered generator in future versions, the current TWIKE relies on direct drive pedal power. That means when you pedal, you feel connected to the motion of your vehicle, a motive force rather than a mere passenger.
But that feeling hides a dangerous illusion. This is no bike. Even two people could barely move it by pedal power alone. And as the TWIKE picks up speed in EV mode, you have to pedal harder to feel as though you are not spinning in the air. At such speeds, eventually you will break a sweat, requiring you to give up your precious gain in energy by turning on a ventilator fan to keep the windshield from fogging up.
TWIKE ventilators have recently been upgraded, newer on right.
World's Best City Car?
In fact, Möscheid enthuses that the best way to drive a TWIKE is to pedal just below a sweat-inducing speed. In the city, where cars can move barely faster than bicycle speed, the TWIKE finds its element. Driver and passenger arrive at their destination exhilarated but not stinky; range extends to up to 200 km (124 miles) at such lower speeds.What is asymptomatic mean? What is the spiritual meaning of a triangle? What does quotient mean? What are tricks? What does papi munano meaning? What is iphone lte mean? What is the meaning of prejudice? How to treat toenail fungus? What are tract homes? What is the meaning of passover for christians? What does thyroid eye disease look like? Any skate games where you can do land tricks? How to hard boil egg? What is the meaning of the word plot? What is blackfishing mean on social media? How to forget something? How to take off eyelash extensions? what is the helper monkey in youtube What is the meaning of varsity? What does saranghae mean? woman was made to be a comparable helper. what does that mean? What does beta mean in indian? Tips on how to rent in oregon? What does degenerative mean? What does bereavement mean? How to change your name on youtube? How to fake being sick? How to propagate aloe? what to do with hamburger helper What does retinol do? How to enable cookies on safari? What does 7777 mean? What is the meaning of pascal? What does grooming mean? What does a snake bite look like pictures? How to screen record on windows 10? What is the meaning of i.e.? What does it mean when you wake up at 3am? How long does a sprained ankle take to heal? What is the meaning of the pittsburgh steelers terrible towel? What is a voyeur? How to wrap your hair? What is composition? How to remove a dishwasher? what is myiinbox helper What does source of income mean? Why are the tips of my onions turning yellow? How to use a gua sha stone? What does denote mean? How to stop throwing up bile? What does et stand for? What does hdmi arc mean? How to make your room cooler? why is my ip helper disabled What does google stand for? What is truth social? How to cancel att internet? What are some hobbies? what is a helper esper How to get a command block in minecraft? How to use a lasso tricks? What is the meaning of symbol /? How long after biometrics to get green card 2021? What are the social security pay dates for 2019? When trying to get pregnant tips? What is the meaning of joanne s name? How to make a photo collage on iphone? How to become a camgirl? What is a hydrogen bond? How to know if he likes you? How to cut bell peppers? How to get rid of scabies? What does archive mean in gmail? What is the meaning of _? How to dye eggs with food coloring? What does notarized mean? What does gns mean on snapchat? which of the following statements best describes an effective helper How to harvest dill? How to block a text? What does the name megan mean? How do quick change artists do their tricks? How long to bake bacon at 350? What does level up mean? How to reset wifi password? What does goat mean in sports? What does pseudonym mean? What does body count mean? when the helper needs help How to get rid of tiny ants? How much should i claim in tips? How to grate ginger? How to make a cat do tricks? Why are my grass tips yellow? When the ball drops meaning? How to edit text in pdf? How to get rid of muscle soreness? What does stealthing mean? Tips on how to potty train?