The bike [velomobile] that could let you pedal as fast as a CAR

ByDM

The-bike-[velomobile]-that-could-let-you-pedal-as-fast-as-a-CAR

Human-powered velomobiles are meant to be a quirky alternative to cars.

But because these pedal-powered machines can’t go as fast, these vehicles have up until now been relegated to the travelling on the side of the road.

Now Minneapolis-based inventor Rich Kronfield has created an electric-assist ‘Raht Racer’ velomobile that he claims can travel at up to 100mph (160km/h).

Scroll down for video

‘The Raht Racer is a power biking vehicle that uses state of the art pedal-electric hybrid technology to amplify pedal power, enabling the rider’s legs to propel the vehicle up to highway speeds, giving the rider the feeling of super strength,’ Mr Kronfield says.

‘On a bicycle, your pedals are the accelerator.

Same with the Raht Racer, only multiplied a hundred times.’

The Raht Racer’s pedals are connected to a unique flywheel generator rather than of directly driving the wheels, as in a traditional velomobile.

velomobile-that-could-let-you-pedal-as-fast-as-a-CAR
During pedaling, a 2-kWh li-ion battery pack also gets charged to help extend the 570lb (259kg) velomobiles range. When activated in throttle mode, using just battery power, it has a range of approximately 50 miles (80 km) and a top speed of 100 mph (160 km/h)

The pedals power a 20-kWh electric motor, which sits in the rear wheel hub.

The vehicle senses the torque being applied to the pedals, and then amplifies it so that most people can maintain a cruising speed of around 30 mph (48 km/h).

The body of the two-seater Raht Racer is made from carbon fiber and includes a roll cage, headlights, seat lights, air bags and a trunk.

During pedaling, a 2-kWh li-ion battery pack also gets charged to help extend the 570lb (259kg) velomobiles range.

When activated in throttle mode, using just battery power, it has a range of approximately 50 miles (80 km) and a top speed of 100 mph (160 km/h).

Mr Kronfield has created a prototype and is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to create a commercial mode.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Raht Racer’s pedals are connected to a unique flywheel generator rather than of directly driving the wheels, as in a traditional velomobile.

The pedals powers a 20-kWh electric motor, which sits in the rear wheel hub.

It senses the torque being applied to the pedals, and then amplifies it so that most people can maintain a cruising speed of around 30 mph (48 km/h).

During pedaling, a 2-kWh li-ion battery pack also gets charged to help extend the 570lb (259kg) velomobiles range.

When activated in throttle mode, using just battery power, it has a range of approximately 50 miles (80 km) and a top speed of 100 mph (160 km/h).

See also: Connected Bicycles Tell Cars: Don’t Run Me Over

The-bike-[velomobile]-that-could-let-you-pedal-as-fast-as-a...
The pedals power a 20-kWh electric motor, which sits in the rear wheel hub. Pictured is a concept design
According to the Kickstarter campaign: ‘The system provides variable resistance, based on programmable or pre-set workout profiles, and GPS terrain-sensing virtual hills, all with torque amplified pedaling’.

It is estimated the price of the Raht Racer will start at $35,000 if the campaign is successful.

SourceDM

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

Amazing New Fabric Will Power All Your Devices Using Only Sun and Wind

A new fabric with both solar and kinetic energy power generation capabilities may soon give your watch, cell phone, or laptop the juice it...

Could Earth become as barren as Venus? Climate change scientist James Hansen warns of a planet ‘not only ice-free but human-free’

Warns of 'Venus syndrome' - where global warming becomes so bad Earth can no longer sustain human life Controversial scientist Dr James Hansen has issued...

What you need to know about Nibiru – Planet X

Zecharia Sitchin described Nibiru according to Sumerian cosmology as the 12th planet. Nibiru is home to an alien race called the Anunnaki an extreme...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

Ancient Paintings of UFO’s from 200 to 15.000 years ago

Ancient Paintings of UFO's Over the past 15,000 years UFOs have been clearly depicted in paintings from all around the world. This video features some...

Out of the Blue

OUT OF THE BLUE is widely considered one of the best documentary films ever made about UFOs and was directed by celebrated filmmakers James...

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Amazing New Fabric Will Power All Your Devices Using Only Sun and Wind

A new fabric with both solar and kinetic energy power generation capabilities may soon give your watch, cell phone, or laptop the juice it...

30,000-Year-Old Virus from Siberia About to be ‘Awakened’

After unearthing a 30,000-year-old virus from the icy wasteland of Siberia, scientists plan to awaken it under the premise of ‘fear that a warming...

A team of biohackers has figured out how to inject your eyeballs with night vision

This Biohacker Used Eyedrops To Give Himself Temporary Night Vision A team of biohackers from California successfully induced a temporary sense of night vision by...

Tesla self-driving car to hit the road next year

Elon Musk says next year's Tesla cars will be able to self-drive 90 percent of the time In an excerpt from a CNNMoney interview, Tesla...

Vermont Victory: Senate Passes GMO-Labeling Law!

Mid-April, the Organic Consumers Association released big news: By a vote of 28-2, the Vermont state Senate passed H.112, a bill that requires mandatory...

France Passes Controversial Bill Making Cameras Mandatory In All Slaughterhouses

While many are content to ignore the processes that transform farm animals into neatly-packaged and butchered meats, those who have dared to delve into...

This Superb Animation Is A Wake Up Call To Humanity – Stop Consuming!

Wake Up Call -The true cost of technology Have you ever felt like we’re living through a nightmare of consumption? That you wish you could...

Japan: High-Tech Indoor Farm

Japan Just Debuted The Largest Indoor Farm Humans have spent the last 10,000 years mastering agriculture. But a freak summer storm or bad drought can...