[ExI] ape haulers again: was RE: The silent PV revolution

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Apr 3 09:00:44 UTC 2012

On Mon, Apr 02, 2012 at 08:35:04AM -0700, spike wrote:

> Even this may be unnecessary.  Yesterday I was at the San Jose Tech Museum.
> They have a new display about high efficiency ape haulers.  One of their
> ideas is a three wheeled single seater, two wheels forward, one aft.  It
> still used standard mass production tires, so if we accept the weight
> penalty and rolling drag penalty of those wide tires, then current standard
> road surfaces would still work.

We need in-hub motors with less than 20 kg unsprung mass. 
This might be synergistic with airless wheels. 

This allows you to get rid of the transmission and to use
drive by wire which prepares the ground for autonomous

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