Human powered vehicles that blur the lines between bicycles and cars are no longer imaginary.
The Future People has released 'future cycles' at the 2015 NAIAS auto show creating a hybrid alternative. They have come up with two concepts: 'Zeppelin' is the smaller one built focusing to be lighter and more aerodynamic. At around 122kg it is powered by two riders in combination with 750w electric engine. It develops a 40km/h (25mph) cruising speed with 32km (20mi) electric assist range.
"we wanted to see just how far we could push the legal definition of bicycle to provide a car-like experience with very low energy input," says designer Cameron Van Dyke. "in doing this we hope to get people to consider if there might be better ways to transport ourselves around the american infrastructure."
Zeppelin exterior, with its three wheels and sleek shell, it is reminiscent of buckminster fuller’s dymaxion car.
Zeppelin concept seats with drive train
Interior with exposed mechanism and rear cargo load section 'Cyclone', the larger one of two requires two pedallers to be powered and provides two extra passenger seats and space for cargo. Finely designed in brushed aluminum details and an interior of leather and mahogany it was built using boat building techniques in combination with bicycle technology.
The cyclone is reminiscent of buckminster fuller’s dymaxion car
Interior designed in leather and mahogany
Strikingly designed to allow space for passengers and small cargo
Sleek design with well placed drive mechanism
‘the motivation for this project is to explore alternative value systems in transportation,’ van dyke explains, ‘it is about questioning our country’s energy use, health, safety, and access to travel.’
All images are credited to www.thefuturepeople.us, this post was originally sourced via Designboom