PHOTO CAPTION: GYM Electric Car is battery powered, but can also be recharged by integrated exercise equipment

Pumping Electricity!

The GYM concept electric car incorporates a full range of exercise equipment, that can used to recharge the car.

Published: 19-Dec-2008

> Electric cars are hardly news these days. We've seen them all; brand new all-electric concepts, hybrids and even electric versions of our old favorites. One look at this new GYM Car concept though, and one can instantly tell that this creation of Coventry University design student, Da Feng, is well out of the ordinary.

But don't be fooled by its sleek and aerodynamic race car looks, for what lies beneath the lightweight, injection-molded , magnesium alloy chassis and carbon fiber bodywork of this new electric car concept is far from what one would really imagine.

As with any electric car, this single seater runs on a pretty conventional electric motor which gets its power from standard batteries. But what makes this concept unique is that apart from recharging the batteries by plugging it into an electrical outlet, the driver can choose to recharge them by any of the exercise equipment built into the car.


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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