Facebook User
The technology behind this is no rocket science for it to cost $75,000 or $15,500 later on as the company claims. While the technology has great potential for use in places which are basically off the grid such as remote villages, the cost prohibits its use here. Also, I feel at these prices it is never going to be penetrate the imagination of a country such as India where gas guzzling, environmentally unfriendly vehicles are still very high on the aspirational list, while using one’s own power to go from A to B is considered infra dig, so much so that even appearing to expend one’s energy to accomplish this is a big no-no.
The Human Car Impulse reminds me of a Mennonite that I met 15 years ago. He couldn\'t afford a horse, so he cobbled up a buggy with pedals for the driver and passengers. Here\'s the great part. Imagine his black canvas buggy going down the road with three people pedaling with hands AND feet, and the the driver with feet only! The buggy did have a yoke for a horse- someday.
I think it\'s a great concept car. And I applaud the first step. But the design as it stands has little mass appeal (IMO). If the idea is to address an obese nation then your gonna need a wider vehicle. Also not sure if everyone wants the convertible. I can envision it as a replacement golf/utility car for an active membership club or maybe a cool party/beach rental vehicle. Can\'t wait to see the next gen of these.
huh? WTH is this? You gotta be really full of yourself to think that this is a good idea!
As a test bed for technology it has moved the benchmark forward. The body needs more refinement for year round use in the Northeast US and less drag. The width in traffic is an issue if top speed is limited to 25 mph. Consider an alternative vehicle such as an electric mountain bike with a fairing for less than $1,500 USD.
it might prove to be useful or trendy rentals on some stretches of sand and sea ... but at current or even future prices i think i\'ll invest in new shoes ...
If it was cheap I\'d like it, but at those prices I don\'t. Can a single person drive it on their own? You can\'t beat a bicycle in the end. Just a regular ordinary bike. The most efficient mode of transport ever invented.
This has to be the most ridiculous idea I have ever heard. Converting the pedal energy into foreward motion directly is much more efficient than it is to first convert it into electricity (huge loss) which is then stored into batteries (again loss), which is then again converted into foreward motion via an electric motor (again loss). So it would be much better to just have the whole thing pedal powered instead. But then of course you could not market it like that, right? Finally, they think they can ask 15k for that? This is ridiculous and it is ludicrous and it is not going to sell and they will fail.
Happy to respond- * HC has developed a custom user programmable CPU w/ a multiplexing trans-axle to accommodate a bionic interface -- and significantly -- the highest output in the world at 3.1kW. Try that DARPA. There\'s a ton of black art underneath the deck.
* As far as India (or any other place) to quote Chopra - \"a shift in consciousness is a shift in biology\" HC will be the provocative firm to suggest that the vapid notion of \"buying things with money one does not have to impress people they don\'t like\" and insisting on driving the SUV is a spiritual end-game. We know this as it\'s happening in the epicenter - right here.
* The first step is actually a platform for an entire line of vehicles. The HOTTI™ 350kg e-supercar, the FM4 based Dr\'s w/o Borders model (utilitarian and the pure form of HC) this current platform will take up to a 200hp motor system.
* HC product will be mass produced out of recycled plastics and low-tech versions of our current hardware will be mated to units given out for near free with co-opted branding & distribution partnerships...
* We have placed the entire auto industry on notice with the Imagine and kids know their parents vehicles are boat anchors... it\'s about the youth.
this vehicle is ridiculous,,, ugly to look at, it looks like something clowns would arrive in, also the price is a joke, so for me, no thanks