ZEPPELIN by The Future People is a human electric hybrid vehicle

Published on Jan 11, 2015

The ZEPPELIN by The Future People is a human electric hybrid vehicle. It is powered by two riders in combination with a 750w electric rear motor and achieves a cruising speed of 25 mph on flat ground. Using bicycle technology and constructed of aluminum and polycarbonate it weighs just 270 lbs., has a 20 mile electric range, and achieves 700 MPG equivalent. The ZEPPELIN meets the legal definition of a bicycle at the federal level and in many states, making it street legal with no additional license, registration, or insurance required.

The Future Cycles project was born from the realization that the American transportation infrastructure will far outlive the gasoline-powered vehicles that we currently use on it. Our question is, “What transportation alternatives could replace these vehicles that would deal with shifting energy availability and still provide the kind of independent travel that our infrastructure requires?”

New alternatives would need to be much lighter in weight, highly efficient, use only local sustainable energy, and be inexpensive to own and maintain. The Future Cycles project proposes vehicles that combine the weather protection and carrying capacity of a car with the efficiency of a bike. Our goal is to create a car like experience in a vehicle that is human powered and legally defined as a bicycle.

Through the design, fabrication, and demonstration of these vehicles we hope to challenge the American public to consider the use of human energy and the resource of time as alternative options to fossil fuels.


 

Published on Jan 11, 2015

The CYCLONE by THE FUTURE PEOPLE is a human powered luxury vehicle. It is powered by two riders and has the capacity to carry cargo and an additional two passengers. Constructed using boat building techniques in combination with bicycle technology, it features brushed aluminum details and an interior of fine leather and mahogany. The Cyclone is an indispensable part of a complete sustainable luxury lifestyle.

The Future Cycles project was born from the realization that the American transportation infrastructure will far outlive the gasoline-powered vehicles that we currently use on it. Our question is, “What transportation alternatives could replace these vehicles that would deal with shifting energy availability and still provide the kind of independent travel that our infrastructure requires?”

New alternatives would need to be much lighter in weight, highly efficient, use only local sustainable energy, and be inexpensive to own and maintain. The Future Cycles project proposes vehicles that combine the weather protection and carrying capacity of a car with the efficiency of a bike. Our goal is to create a car like experience in a vehicle that is human powered and legally defined as a bicycle.

Through the design, fabrication, and demonstration of these vehicles we hope to challenge the American public to consider the use of human energy and the resource of time as alternative options to fossil fuels.