This Wooden Electric Car Is the Toy We Never Had as Kids

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Electric cars suitable for children are pretty common these days, but a Slovenian designer believes he has invented something that’s both fun and environmentally friendly.
Called Woody, his project is essentially an electric toy car that’s built entirely from wood, coming with everything you kid would need to drive safely in the backyard, including soft inflatable wheels, headlights, taillights, a basic steering wheel, and even a wireless remote control for parents.

We create woody exclusively from quality wood supplied by local suppliers and the frame made of stainless steel and corrosion protection, which enables a long service life in any environment. Car body is made from finest lightweight BB grade wood with enhanced grain properties. Custom made full metal galvanized chassis parts are designed for years of corrosion resistance and rough playing time,” the designer of the car explains.

Woody is powered by a motor connected to a li-ion battery that supports a range of at least 4 km (2.4 miles), according to a series of tests.

This test route was 560 meters long in one direction, it has one slight incline of 5% and one bigger one of cut 10%. The car was always driven in high gear with us following it on the bike, continuously for 4 round trips and it still had the battery charge in it but was noticeable slower uphill at this point. So I would say 4 km (2.4 miles) on a single charge is completely possible if driven on a level hard, pavement like ground,” he says.

The wooden electric car features a ground clearance of just 5 cm (1.9 inches) and tips the scales at 26 kg (57.3 pounds).

Woody Car is currently listed on Kickstarter for crowdfunding support, and you can get the basic model with a $568 donation. The version that features all options, including custom colors, a light package, and a leather seat, is available for $697. If the fundraising is successful, the shipping should start in December.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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