Gallery: Human Powered Car Can Go 30 MPH While Driving Uphill


Here at Inhabitat we’ve seen vehicles powered by algae, poo, and magnets — but our favorite source of sustainable propulsion is human power! The HumanCar is powered by your very own kinetic force — just hop in, give it a few cranks, and you’re on your way. The vehicle was developed decades ago, but is now getting set to hit the market as a road tested — and totally street legal — car. It was recently clocked going 30 miles per hour up a hill, and it will be selling for a mere $15,000. Check out a video of the HumanCar in action after the jump!

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  1. cousin ton May 11, 2014 at 2:21 am

    cousin thinks the idea is great but needs more info

  2. timetraveler1 April 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    it would be okay “if” it wasn’t to high , if a person could buy something like this for $3,500 at the most for a 4 seater and 2,000 for a two seater the public “might” buy it ! but it needs to have a top . if the price is above what i mentioned and i imagine it will be , most people will not buy it as it will be to unaffordable to the :AVERAGE” person . bicycles or even the american speedster car will be cheaper for people to buy and use.

  3. howwall9 October 29, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Wow, this looks like a big step forward for a human powered/electric vehicle. I’m now interested in all the performance characteristics, seems like a lot of around town practical potential.

  4. acabtp August 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    So how much energy does this thing really save when you take into account other vehicles braking and reaccelerating when it merges into traffic at a relative snail’s pace? Might be useful to replace a golf cart or other non-roadgoing vehicle, but I really hope I don’t end up behind one of these on the streets.

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