November 24, 2008

One-Horse Towns Need Bigger Parking Spaces

Horse-drawn carriages are so 19th-century. Our modern age needs new solutions to our clean energy needs. Enter the Naturmobil!

Invented by Abdolhadi Mirhejazi, the Naturmobil bounces along on six motorcycle wheels with exactly one horsepower above them. By walking or running on a treadmill, the horse powers the Naturmobil forward. As this article states:
[It] produces enough surplus energy to charge a small battery which powers the buggy’s lights, electrical system, and can even take over from the horse when [the horse] needs a rest.

When the horse’s body temperature gets too hot for comfort, a sensor attached to its side transmits its temperature reading to a controller which automatically turns off the treadmill and switches the vehicle to run on battery power.
You've got to love the humane touches; the horse gets a weather canopy and a helpful gearing system (and as far as I can see, doesn’t have to take a bit).

Buy one here! (Horse not included.)

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