The Naturmobil is a horse-powered vehicle for travel on paved roads. The vehicle is controlled by a driver in a similar way to a motor-driven vehicle, with the horse inside the vehicle on a treadmill. It weighs 300 kg (660 lb), or probably around 700 kg (1,500 lb) with the horse. It cruises at about 20 km/h (12 mph), with a top speed of about 80 km/h (50 mph). The treadmill also charges batteries which will power the vehicle if the horse needs a break.
The vehicle was invented by Abdolhadi Mirhejazi, an Iranian engineer, who says "the Naturemobil was developed with the safety and welfare of the animal in mind". At least one veterinarian, Dr. Matt Pietrak, has concerns for the horse's wellbeing while powering the vehicle.
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Naturmobil: Car runs on <nowiki>[</nowiki>real<nowiki>]</nowiki> "horse power"!" (web). New article. autoworld.wordpress.com. May 8, 2008. http://autoworld.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/naturmobil-car-runs-on-realy-%E2%80%98horse-power%E2%80%99/. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dharmarajan, Subramani (May 01, 2008). "Naturmobil: Cart runs on ‘horse power’" (web). News article. Xpress News. http://www.xpress4me.com/news/uae/dubai/20007183.html. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- ↑ Safford, Matt (May 7, 2008). "Naturmobil Horse Car Takes Horse Power to New Low" (web). gearlog.com. http://www.gearlog.com/2008/05/naturmobil_horse_car_takes_hor.php. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- ↑ McLennan, Paul. "Vet bridles at truck" (web). News Article. 7days. http://www.7days.ae/en/2008/05/05/vet-bridles-at-truck.html. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- Naturmobil: The One-Horsepower Vehicle with a Twist, by Michael Graham Richard, Gatineau, Canada on 05. 6.08 at treehugger.com (Images)
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