We all want to change the world.
(thank you John Lennon and the Velorution cycle shop in London, England)
There is disagreement over what to call these types of machines. Americans seem to prefer HPVs, for "human powered vehicles", while Europeans refer to them as velomobiles. It appears that the latter is winning out, since most of the manufacturers at this time are in Europe.
This is one of my (many) dream machines. It will probably remain just that, because I don't really need one, but I could become a regular Walter Mitty riding this thing.
This particular velomobile is the brainchild of Gjalt Wijma, a student at the Department of aeronautics at University Of Delphof. The design was devolped by a team young professionals and students from various universities working together. Aerorider is owned and managed by its co-founder, Bart de Wert.
Top speed 45 kph (28 mph) Limited to 20 mph in the USA
Range - 20 to 80 km (12-50 miles)
depending on battery packs used
Volume*: 120 Liter* (4.2 cubic feet)
* single battery pack
Front: hydraulic, discs Magura
Rear (Parking brake): mechanical, drum
Internal gear hub: 8 speed Shimano Nexus
System: dual joystick
2 Electric ventilators
2 Naca air inlets
2 Removable windows
1 Removable roof panel
But when you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait.
Adjusting one's lifestyle sure beats going to war over oil, or using the food crops for fuel when food production is dropping, or accelerating climate change.
Price? As the old saying goes - "If you have to ask...." being low volume production, they are very pricey compared to a bike, but still a fraction (if a significant one) of the cost of a car. In most places you'd pay no road fees (it's a bicycle in USA, a moped in Europe). You may need moped type liability insurance there. See the website (click on the photo above). There are dealers in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Korea, and Belgium. Hmmm, maybe there should be one in Kashima City?
As the picture above illustrates, a velomobile makes an eye-catching, head turning "billboard" for advertising a business, in this case a surfboard manufacturer, Boardworks. There is the possibility for velomobile rental businesses coupled with advertising revenue. This has already been done with human powered cabs like the Velotaxi - which also has electric assist - in many cities around the world.
Will velomobiles change the world? In a word, no. Not by themselves at any rate. But they may well be one of the many technologies we turn to as the parallel critical issues of liquid fossil fuels depletion and climate change force us away from the internal combustion engine.
Besides, they look like a hell of a lot of fun to me.
Don't you know its gonna be alright