You may see man powered cars in a town in your area shortly

Vehicles within the classic cartoon "The Flintstones" were all foot powered. The mechanism that propels the bicycle hasn't really been improved on since it was invented. That is, until now. A design firm out of Oregon has come up with a car that can sustain speeds of about 30 mph, with electric assistance. It doesn't use any gas. It can whip you into shape too.

Meet the HumanCar

In the late 60s, engineer Charles Greenwood saw habits that he did not like, for instance too much commuting and not enough exercise. He also saw an opportunity. Since then, he has worked with a team of designers and other engineers coming up with an automobile that can operate at motor vehicle speeds without a gas engine. The automobile needs no gas, produces no emissions, and gives users a workout too. According to the Daily Mail, you will find already about 100 orders in, and full production will start when orders hit 800. The business is good to go, as it could be profitable once in full production mode.

Moving past row

The driving action is more rowing than pedaling. The HumanCar Imagine PS will easily hold at 25 to 30 mph, however experimental models have been clocked at 60 mph. It seats four, however if fewer than three individuals are aboard, the motor could be used as a boost. Turning is done by leaning. Seniors really got to drive it in testing and loved it, Greenwood routinely drives one and is over 60, so it isn't for the super fit.

An older idea

The HumanCar is a great concept for neighborhood range trips. It has approved for that purpose by the Department of Transportation. There have been other human powered cars before. However, some human powered automobiles have little commercial use. The Gossamer Condor and Gossamer Albatross flew, however cost thousands. Ironically, the urban car of the future may turn out to be straight out of "The Flintstones".

Further reading

Daily Mail

Human Car