Who Needs EVs When We Have the WMZ3
Let’s look at the problem from a different angle. There’s still oil in the ground of our planet, we have the technology to exploit it, and we’ve reached a level of technological sophistication which allows us to extract it from the most unaccessible places (sea bed, for instance). Why not use the fuel we’ve got left more efficiently and simply prepare, without panicking, for the day it runs out.
It’s vehicles like the Dutch-built WMZ3, a vehicle designed and built by a guy called Wijnand Black, for his own personal needs. The WMZ3 is a tricycle, a spiritual successor to the Messerschmitt KR200 of the 1950s, and it has a very simple philosophy behind it: to carry two people around while using as little (conventional) fuel as possible. Thanks to a 15hp single-cylinder motor fed by a carburetor, the bike has a top speed of 140km/h (87mph). It also uses very little fuel, at around 2 l/100km (117 US mpg / 141 UK mpg) in mixed driving conditions, making it extremely fuel efficient.
Its creator says he does not exclude the possibility of swapping the petrol motor and replacing it with an electric drivetrain system. We’d suggest, if the cost of transportation would be his main focus, to keep the petrol engine and just modify it to run on the various gasoline replacements which have become available over the years.
Story via groen7.nl and wmzprojecten.nl