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CNN on HumanCar Inc.


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Brand new DuetGen™ has arrived

(Please send us a note on the contact form if you are interested in a preorder for a DuetGen™- Thank you.)

Welcome to the future. This is the HumanCar® Inc. engineered and developed DuetGen™ portable human-power generator. One of the most powerful human-electric generators in the world. It creates enough power to run a variety of electrical appliances such as water purification systems, communications/computers, LED lighting and in this example, two amplifiers. One person powering twice a day for 30 minutes is enough to power a small refrigerator. For remote locations and scenarios with a need for portable human powered electricity the DuetGen™ provides a game changing solution. Welcome to the future. HumanCar®


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The HumanCar is able to be utilized as a mobile power station.

The HumanCar is able to be utilized as a mobile power station.

It may power remote electronics or be used as an uninterruptible power source at any home or business location.

The HumanCar chassis is designed to last 100 years eliminating rapid depreciation and parts replacement cycles.

The HumanCar is power agnostic, meaning as battery and motor technology catches up, new enhancements and technology are simple ‘plug and play’ components for the advanced HumanCar.

Like an operating system for your computer the HumanCar may be upgraded as motor and battery technology catches up.

Thus, we are eliminating designed obsolescence and benefiting all the way through the usable life cycle of one century.

This alone creates a disruptive path for other manufacturers to follow.

Transitioning from advanced prototypes to production vehicles and components requires an array of local and international partners.

HumanCar is designed to create a more efficient way for humans to move, stay healthy and create a better future for next generations.

To have healthy people and a healthy planet is a simple goal to be met with the new-school technology from HumanCar.

HumanCar® Inc. – Human Powered Monorail & SyncGuideway™ pt 4 – 2.5kW !


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The Imagine PS PHEV – a platform for future vehicles

You are looking at a race car, a pure muscle car that envelopes the direction the human species is rapidly evolving towards. The car you are looking at is also a mobile power station able to power remote electronics and water purification systems. The patented chassis has open-standards engineering such as a 1.2m width to accommodate the futuristic sync-guideway system developed by HumanCar® Inc. This vehicle is the culmination of over 30 years of high-level scientific research and development with a chassis derived from Formula 1 and advanced rocket technology. Charles Samuel Greenwood P.E. Chief Scientist at HumanCar Inc. inventor and innovator has personally helped thousands of participants utilize HumanCar technology. This library of human-power research and interface design is one of the largest in the world.


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What’s new at HumanCar August 2011

Perhaps you may have noticed we’ve been concentrating on building the next-generation HumanCar series vehicles and staying off-radar for a while.

If you have made it all the way to this thread then you deserve to see the very latest and until recently, quite confidential images and news.

First off, we are in a full build cycle with an enclosed ‘safety-car’ version of the Imagine PS PHEV. We had dubbed it the ‘E4’ with a trademark and just a few months ago a vehicle called the E4 came across our desks. No biggy, we have plenty of names.
The main concept behind HumanCar is we are working towards large scale social benefits, as much as we are working towards global clean-technology benefits.


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AOL Autos on HumanCar Inc.

Is This The Weirdest Car Ever Made?
Or Can The HumanCar Save the Planet?

Maybe you’ve already seen it on YouTube: it looks like the love child of a pedal car and a rowing scull with four grinning people aboard, pumping away at giant levers, sliding back and forth on their seats as they ride through a series of rural and urban settings.

They call it the HumanCar “FM-4,” for “Fully Manual-4 people,” the culmination of an idea that first came to its creator, Charley Greenwood, in 1968 when he was stuck in traffic commuting to his job in Silicon Valley.

“My car and all the cars around me were idling, and I noticed that all the other drivers were flabby and out of shape,” Greenwood said. “They were all candidates for heart disease and diabetes, sitting in idling cars not going anywhere. To me, that seemed like the height of insanity.”

There had to be a better way to move people, Greenwood decided, and he was determined to invent it.

It Takes A Rocket Scientist
Taking the skills he had accumulated as a backyard hot-rodder and combining them with his professional training as a mechanical engineer (Cal State University, 1968), Greenwood designed and manufactured the FM-4 prototype, which he patented in 2001. Utilizing a unique rowing mechanism for its propulsion system, the FM-4 eschews a traditional steering wheel for a lean-and-steer setup similar to bikes or motorcycles. Greenwood’s experience with rocket design (he worked on the Titan I missile) helped in the design of the FM-4’s monocoque, stressed-skin construction. Aluminum and other lightweight materials enabled the vehicle’s curb weight to stay under 700 pounds and within NHTSA’s guidelines for neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV). To address safety concerns, Greenwood opted for a stepover design rather than incorporating doors.

“The stepover design gives us a 360-degree defensive shield around the passengers,” Greenwood said. “My experience with stress analysis and as a hot-rodder allowed me to reduce the number of parts and mass. I firmly believe that cars do not have to have all that stuff, cost that much, and weigh that much. You don’t need a four-thousand-pound vehicle just to go across town.”

The Imagine_PS: the World’s First Bionic-Human Hybrid
Work on the FM-4 set the stage for the next step in the evolution of Greenwood’s concept:the Imagine_PS (Power Station), which he describes as “the world’s first bionic-human hybrid” vehicle. Elements of the FM-4 were incorporated into the Imagine_PS which adds two electric motors capable of generating four horsepower. A quartet of off-the-shelf automotive batteries provides power storage. “A single operator can run the Imagine_PS in electric-power-only mode, or any combination of human and electric power,” Greenwood explained. “It can also operate as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, as a mobile power generator, or in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) mode.”


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Popular Science on HumanCar Inc.

Oregon, was once, long ago, the center of a gold rush boom that, like so many booms, ultimately consumed its host. Prospectors mined the land around the towns in an ever-tightening circle, until the only gold left was below the saloons, assayers and burlesque halls. Those fell next. The towns were mined right out from under themselves—with no trace left of the old frontier burgs but scars in the earth.
The people who trickled back, decades later, came to satisfy a different urge: not to pursue something but to escape it. Certain hardy members of the hippie diaspora of the ’60s realized that you could live out here entirely under the radar and off the grid. With no one to badger you, you could pursue your own idiosyncratic dreams. You could, in fact, quietly build your better mousetrap and wait until the right time to spring it on the world—the very moment when the world needed saving.
On a lonely stretch of blue highway near the treehouse he lives in and the workshop where he’s been refining that mousetrap, Charley Greenwood slips into the driver’s seat of the FM-4 HumanCar. Or rather, the seat the driver would occupy in a regular car. You don’t “drive” the HumanCar; you row it. It’s the pulling and pushing of the four passengers, converted by a four-gear transmission into rotational thrust, that powers the car at 25 or 30 mph easily, and up to 60 or so on a good downslope. (Where you go in the HumanCar is your business. But rest assured, it won’t be to the gym.)
Charley and I sit up front, his son (and HumanCar, Inc.’s CEO) Chuck in back—none of us so much in the car as on it, for the FM-4 is all bones, with no roof or sides or even fairings. It feels like a cross between a railway push car and a hospital bed. How do you steer a car that every passenger is busy rowing? By leaning in the direction of the turn, or “body steering,” which turns the front wheels. The riders in back don’t steer. They are simply, as Charley puts it, “power monkeys.” Charley grasps the handles the way you would ski poles. A mechanical engineer, he has the looks and manner of a professor but the hands of a laborer. Machine oil has turned his fingertips into blackened kielbasas.
A tiny part has gone missing from the car, preventing it from using all its gears, so we set it in third, which creates an inertia bear at the outset as we get the 300-pound vehicle moving. A kind of automated firing order distributes the torque like an engine as we heave on the oars in sequence—pop pop pop pop. The car picks up speed. And then it starts drifting lazily in the lane: my fault. The brute pull through the power zone and the finesse of the steering are too much for my brain. “There’s a learning curve, for sure,” Chuck says. “That’s why it’s not going to be something anyone can just buy and drive away in. People are going to have to get training, and you’re probably going to have to be licensed.”


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CNET on HumanCar Inc.

HumanCar Imagine PS is a crank-powered muscle car

The brainchild of US engineer Charles Greenwood, the car is operated by up to four hand cranks. The idea is driver and passengers pull and push levers — reminiscent of an exercise rowing machine or the railway handcar thingies you see in cartoons — to produce energy which turns the wheels. Early reports that holes in the floor let you push with your feet proved wide of the mark.
The vehicle can be powered by just one or two people, as you’ll see in the embedded video below, though this can be pretty tiring after a while. Luckily, it can be turned into a hybrid by connecting auxiliary power systems such as a battery (or fuel cells when available) making it ideal for those who are lazy intend to travel long distances.
If you’re up for the physical challenge and have three buddies, the HumanCar can reach speeds of up to 30mph on a flat road, or up to 60mph downhill. Disc brakes bring it to a stop.
Steering is achieved not through a wheel, which its makers dismiss as a crude remnant of sailing-ship technology, but through your backside. Tilt the seat to the left with the corresponding bumcheek, and the HumanCar will turn left. Push the seat down with your right fart bracket and the vehicle will turn right. There, you see, it’s not crude in the slightest.
The HumanCar isn’t on general sale as yet, but its makers are accepting pre-orders in the run-up to the vehicle’s 2011 release date. You can place a $50 reservation right now but be warned, the HumanCar Imagine PS PHEV will set you back a total of $15,500 (£9,965) when it goes on sale next year.
Hit play on the video below to see it in action.

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HumanCar aims for a healthy planet with healthy drivers

At first glance it might look a bit like an elongated pedal car for kids, but its designers are convinced the HumanCar Imagine PS is a serious player in the search for cleaner, greener ways to get around. The vehicle converts the rowing motion of the driver and any passengers into rotational thrust to charge a battery and power the vehicle in conjunction with an electric motor. So not only is it healthy for the planet – it is healthy for the occupants too. And as an added bonus the vehicle can also be used store energy and act as a backup power generator to provide electricity to the home.


The HumanCar is the brainchild of Chief Scientist/Engineer Charles Samuel Greenwood P.E., who first hit upon the idea for a human powered car some 40 years ago. Sitting in a traffic jam in Silicon Valley in 1968 Greenwood noticed the many overweight commuters sitting in their cars breathing in noxious exhaust fumes. He was inspired to create a modest modification to vehicles that would reduce the need for conventional fuel, while at the same time providing exercise.

Searching for a full-body workout Greenwood eschewed a bicycle-type mechanism in favor of the rowing-like mechanism and developed the forerunner to the Impulse PS, the FM-4 (Fully Manual – 4 people). This was a research “skeleton” car that was built to test the concept of a human powered vehicle and the lessons it provided eventually led to the development of the Impulse PS (Power Station).


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Category : HC Press , The Future , World News

A Hand-Cranked Hybrid Car
Melissa Hincha-Ownby, 08.18.10, 06:00 PM EDT
The HumanCar Imagine PS uses hand cranks to generate power.

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The next big thing in hybrid vehicles may not come from the likes of Toyota or General Motors. Instead, it may come from Charles Samuel Greenwood. Greenwood has been working on a human-powered vehicle concept for decades, and all of his hard work is coming together in the form of the HumanCar Imagine PS. The vehicle seats four and generates power through a system of hand cranks. Yes, hand cranks.

One might think that a hand-cranked vehicle would be marketable only as a neighborhood vehicle with a limited top speed. However, the HumanCar has surprising potential–a top speed of 30 mph going uphill and 60 mph on a flat surface. All of this can be achieved via human power and nothing else.