I’m sorry, I thought the whole purpose of riding a bike was for exercise and powering yourself from one location to the next off of the proverbial grid? An MIT student, Ryan Chin, has invented the GreenWheel. Although I applaud him for his ingenuity, the moniker makes a mockery of the biking world. Yes, it’s less of a pollutant than a gas powered engine but since it can be plugged in for charging it is still sucking down smog producing coal power.
Bitter rant aside, the GreenWheel does takes pedal power to the next level and yes, it can be powered by pedaling, so it has a redeeming quality in the green space. Top speed is 30 mph, which means it might be a suitable replacement for a short distance commuter and that means less people driving. Contained within the 2-inch thick aluminum disc an electric generator, batteries and an electric motor.
So Ryan, I was wrong, you’re invention does help reduce toxic CO2 emissions, I just hope I don’t see people zipping around on these in Santa Monica because they’re too lazy to pedal. Remove the plug in part and I’ll be happy.
The GreenWheel has an estimated life span of 8 years or 40,000 miles. Price or release have yet to be determined.