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Over the years we've seen all manner of different hybrid configurations including mild and strong hybrids with parallel and series arrangements. There are hybrids with internal combustion paired with electric drive and hydraulic systems. Now an Iranian engineer based in Dubai has come up with something truly different. Abdolhadi Mirhejazi has built the Naturmobil (previously, the Naturcar). The Naturmobil literally has one horse power, as in, there is one horse powering the vehicle. The Naturmobil is a six wheeled, polycarbonate framed buggy with a top speed of 50mph although typical cruising velocity is closer to 12mph.

Inside the cart is a treadmill tied to a gearbox. Powering the treadmill is a horse. Temperature and heart rate sensors attached to the horse allow its condition to be monitored so that it doesn't get overworked. When the horse walks it moves the conveyor belt which through a gearbox drives an electric motor that drives the front wheels. Although the inventor doesn't mention it, there is even the possibility for co-generation if the horse's exhaust is collected and reprocessed or used to collect methane. No word on whether Mirhejazi plans to bring the Naturmobil to next year's Detroit Auto Show to compare it the third gen Prius. Thanks to Tom for the tip!


[Source: Express4me.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought the Geo Metro had already perfected this with a squirrel? Or was it a rubber band?

      Cool concept on a silly academic-exercise level, like a Rube Goldberg.

      So: bake a horse in a greenhouse in the desert while loosing energy in the conversion of its kinetic to electric power to do something the horse does well enough on it's own; moving forward...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Your use of co-generation is sort of wrong (unless you are converting its heat to some sort of useful energy).

      Cogeneration is the production of electricity using waste heat (as in steam) from an industrial process or the use of steam from electric power generation as a source of heat.


      • 6 Years Ago
      "How many horses does that thing have"? "Just the one.."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not scrap the vehicle and just ride the horse?

      Or stick the horse in front of the cart instead of inside it???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good to see Iranians have a sense of humor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not Friday yet
      • 6 Years Ago
      i was wondering " What the hell is a horse doing in there" Until i seen the one horsepower lol :) My only concern is that wont that thing cause like a green house effect ( where plants are grown not the co2) in which all the warm air is kept inside?? I think the horse could get overheated and quite uncomfortable
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not use goats? Then it's a travelling brothel too! ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      You folks need to cool down a bit -- the guy is not presenting this as the next big thing in transportation. It's an attention grabbing concept and a bit of social commentary. In an age of 300hp family sedans, this is a clever reminder that 1hp is all you need to get around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really want to know how well a horse copes with traveling 50 miles an hour. It can see out of that thing, too, and it has no concept of gearing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There seems to be no shortage of idiotic ideas that can somehow make its way to prototype stages but wither _instantly_ under the scrutiny of the public.

      • 6 Years Ago
      As my sister has owned two horses, I can add something to this discussion. First off, horses are expensive. As in, they can go for 10s of thousands of dollars. They also cost A LOT to keep healthy and well fed. If they break a leg of get another related injury, they are either put out to pasture or used for glue -- if you get my drift.

      So, until fuel hits about $50/gallon, the above idea is going to be pretty much good only for the laughs it creates.