If you’re going to drive a car, a super-fuel-efficient model, such as a hybrid or electric car, is the way to go. Of course, better still is to get on your bike or to ride mass transit, which can also be “green-powered.”
The Antro Solo is a new Hungarian car model that combines solar, gas, electric, and pedal power to propel the vehicle. The on-board solar panels give a renewable energy-supplied range of 9 to 12 miles – not very far, but enough for local errands or to get you started.
From there, pedal power comes into play. Each of the three seats across the front have pedals in front of them, a set up similar to the ride of a recumbent bicycle. The car’s body is constructed of carbon fiber, making for a lightweight setup (270kg, about 600lbs.). The design is also low to the ground and extremely aerodynamic, which means that pushing the pedals might actually be a viable transportation option with this vehicle.
If the passengers get tired or are looking for higher speeds, the small combustion engine, which can run on on either gasoline or ethanol, has a top speed rated at 87mph and gets 150 miles per gallon. It sounds like users could increase this efficiency by pedaling while running the engine to add extra juice to the batteries.
The prototype was recently on display at the Budapest Museum of Transport. Plans are to have the car in production for 2012 with a price tag of $20,000. Here’s a chance to minimize gas use while getting some exercise and staying healthy. Sounds pretty cool, we’re looking forward to more info on the Solo.
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