Professor Charles Samuel Greenwood is the one who developed the human-electric hybrid vehicle called “Imagine PS” (PS stands for power station), which is expected to be commercially available in 2011.
The car will be able to reach a top speed of 100km/h (60mph) on the flat and up to 50km/h uphill.
It is worth mentioning that the entire low-mass vehicle was made by hand. For over 40 years Mr. Greenwood has been working on vehicles that could be powered by humans and finally managed to create a street legal sedan model that can carry 4 passengers.
The car can run solely on electric power, human power or a combination of two. There will be no need to change the vehicle since the chassis can be adjusted to different types of batteries.
Built by HumanCar Inc. the vehicle can be started by a number of backwards/forwards hand cranks. The company says that managing the cracking would be rather easy for a person in reasonable shape.
Thought the prototype of the vehicle does not have a roof, the commercial model will feature an all-weather roof along with a touchscreen display with GPS, communication systems and sound systems. A complex structural system along with controlled energy absorption zones will make the vehicle safe.
The initial price for the vehicle will be $15,500. When HumanCar will receive at least 800 orders it will start the production of the car.