Wyoming Inventor Builds Electric Bikes

The bike made from a normal three-wheel bicycle has two batteries while the two that have custom-made rear frames have room for four batteries.

Published: 25-Sep-2008

You may have seen him riding around Torrington on a three-wheel bicycle, but chances are he wasn’t pedaling.

Marvin Hughes, a retired farmer from Morrill, Neb., has invented a motorized bicycle in his Torrington garage that takes him around town on errands without the fuss and expense of a car. Hughes made his first bike in 2006, when he put an electric motor on a three-wheel bicycle. In 2007, he made two more custom three-wheel bicycles that are driven by an electric motor.

Hughes says he invents in order to stay busy. At 83 years old, Hughes can frequently be found “tinkering” in his home and garage, inventing items like an automatic can crusher, a device to get fish worms without digging and custom table lamps.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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