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Driving while pedal charging your Twike

ELECTRIC car drivers don't need to worry about recharging as local researchers have developed a peddle-powered electric car known as Twike.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University developed this hybrid vehicle, which can carry two persons and cargo, in cooperation with European researchers.

When people pedal inside the vehicle, extra energy is saved in the battery. "If they are stuck in a traffic jam, their car may run out of battery if air-conditioning is on," said Li Jie, president of Advanced Industrial Technology Research Institute.

With the pedal system, people can recharge their vehicle anywhere while doing leg exercise for health, he said.

Twike has been running on roads in Germany and Switzerland. This is the first Twike in China, Li said of the 200cm-long, 40cm-wide and 300kg vehicle, which runs on electric-only mode or electric-plus-pedal mode.

Twike's top speed is 95 kilometers per hour and can run at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour for two hours if the battery is fully charged.

Li said that they are working to improve other functions of the vehicle, including adding a navigation and road information device.


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