A sci-fi electricElectric cars to race in Formula E. Read more ... » unicycle is the RYNO, a future-badass alternativeJumping hurdles: Nissan's ICE Loan Scheme for LEAF #EV owners is not as simple as you'd think. Read more ... » to the Segway that looks like it got beamed down from the year 2114.
Self-taught engineer Chris Hoffmann began working on the RYNO conceptElectric car concept covers 12 miles on own solar energy. Read more ... » in 2006, when his 13European cross-continent drive in Tesla Model S soon to be reality. Read more ... »-year-old daughter sketched a one-wheeled scooter she’d seen in a video game. She asked him if he could build it, and that set the single wheel turning. Now, about six prototypes later (including one that made a cameo in Portlandia), the RYNO is ready to hit the streets.
In essence, the RYNO is an overgrown Segway that lost a wheel. Like the Segway, the RYNO is controlled by the rider’s body positionMia #Electric to launch electric vehicles in UK. Read more ... »: lean forward to accelerate, tilt back to stop.
Also like the Segway, the RYNO balances itself front-to-back when standing still. With both feet on the ground, it nudged around to keep my center of gravity poised directly over the axle. With only one wheel, side-to-side balance is upThe e-up! This fall of 2013: Volkswagen Unveils Its First Production Electric Car. Read more ... » to you. It’s a big wheel, though, wearing a 240-millimeter-wide motorcycle tire usually found on big ol’ Harley-Davidsons. There’s a brake lever on the right, though it doesn’t workWill this work? - We hope so: "Electric cars to use bus lanes in UK cities". Read more ... » the way you’d expect it to (more on that in a minute). Turning the handlebars swivels the seat on a pivot somewhere behind your tailbone, which feels completely foreign when standing still. And that’s it for controls—your body position does the rest.
Instinct tells you not to lean forward when you’re balancing on a one-wheeled freak machine, but Chris assured me his creation wouldn’t drop me on my face. Timidly, I moved my head in front of the handlebars, and we were off. Once in motion, that weird steering feels strangely natural. You lean in to turn and, somehow, the thing melts into a smooth arc.
Of course, if you’ve spent a lotNissan Leaf 2015 expected Tech Upgrades. Read more ... » of timeVolkswagen Golf Plug-in Hybrid review (2014) 32 EV Miles range. A3 e-tron Brother.. Read more ... » on a bicycle or motorcycle, a few quirks about RYNO riding will catch you slightly off-guard. My habit of leaning over on one foot at a stop made the RYNO think I was attempting a slow, tight turn. Better to stay on the footpegs, come almost to a halt, then plant both feet—unlike many two-wheeled conveyances, the RYNO’s seat is low enough to flat-foot at a stop.
And then there’s the single brake lever at your right hand. Squeezing it rears the RYNO’s nose up a few degrees, leaning you back just far enough to tell the gyro sensor you wantLondon : Bluecity will mimic the Autolib scheme running in Paris. Read more ... » to slow down. It’s there to quickly get you in braking position, and it teaches beginners how to make the RYNO slow down. Grabbing a fistful of brake for the first time, I instinctively expected to be pitched forward, not back, but after the first unsure stop it starts making perfect sense.
That’s the overall theme of riding the RYNO: it’s completely intuitive, once you let go of your two-wheeled habits. Sort of the one-wheeled equivalent of switching digital operating systems; everything seems wacky until you understand the logic behind it. The RYNO isn’t backwards, your preconceptions are.
After about 5Tesla Model 3: Everything we know about the 'electric car of the people'. Read more ... » minutes, the whole process began to feel natural. Icy, frigid conditions prevented me from taking an extended ride, but Chris says most folks get the basics after about 15woop: Dyson to build electric cars. Read more ... » minutes, with master maneuvering taking just a few days.
Once your brain adapts, the RYNO is astoundingly surefooted (and man, I never expected to say that about a unicycle). Credit the construction, which mounts the dual motors and controllers, three gyroscopes, two removable batteriesThe cheaper battery: Bosch invents new electric car battery to double mileage. Read more ... », and all the accompanying computerApple hires Tesla's top self driving engineer for rival electric car project. Read more ... » brains insideLondon : Bluecity will mimic the Autolib scheme running in Paris. Read more ... » the hub of the 18Renault to double electric car range by 2020. Read more ... »-inch wheel. With a center of mass somewhere between your shins and softwareEvery new Model S is now Autopilot enabled. Read more ... » that reacts instantaneously to your every lean, the RYNO feels nearly un-toppleable.
On a six-hourElectric cars to race in Formula E. Read more ... » chargePOD POINT: A mobile phone and a charging point is all you need to charge your car. Read more ... », the RYNO will cruise 10One in Four Would Consider Buying an Electric Car. Read more ... » milesAC & DC: Zoe and Leaf: 8 people London to Cotswold’s #evRoadTrip @OldSwanMinsterMill and LegoLand Windsor. Read more ... » (optional batteries with around 30I take it as good news: U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars. Read more ... » miles of rangeMaking most of it: Renault offers tips to maximize range for electric cars. Read more ... » are coming). Top speedElectric cars to race in Formula E. Read more ... » is 10MPH, which sounds slow, but it puts the RYNO in the same regulatory category as the Segway, meaning it’s allowed on pedestrian walkways, bike lanes, and indoors (depending on your local laws). Chris says you wouldn’t want to go much faster. “I’ve gone 15 on it, and that’s hauling ass. There’s nothing in front of you. You’re just like flying on a carpet.” The whole rig weighs about 160lbs, can haul 260lbs of rider and gear, and with somewhere around 5 horsepower on tap, it can cruise up 20Wow: Best Green Cars in 2015 New Electric Vehicles Hitting the U.S. Market. Read more ... »% grades without faltering.
Then there’s the biggest numberFinally Here: Tesla Motors Introduces the All-Wheel Drive Model S 70D. Read more ... »: $5,300, the entry priceFinally Here: Tesla Motors Introduces the All-Wheel Drive Model S 70D. Read more ... » into the RYNO club, with preorders shipping in April. That’s in the same ballpark as the base modelElectric car concept covers 12 miles on own solar energy. Read more ... » Segway, which right now has a littleCzero transmission feels jerky a little 🙁 from cold standoff.... Read more ... » more top speed and much more cruising range.
So who’s the RYNO for? Chris says police and security workers love its small footprint and low seat, which puts the rider at eye level with pedestrians. Farmers, outdoor event coordinators, bike commuters, and gadget lovers have all expressed interest. In other words, a lot of the same folks the Segway was aimed at.
I’m not sure that Segways, RYNOs and the like will suddenly outnumber pedestrians and cyclists. The Segway in particular got off to a very slow start. But as the first such device, the Segway had an uphill climb, defining both the marketBMW revamps "i" electric car division to focus on self-driving tech. Read more ... » for personal mobility vehiclesElectric car concept covers 12 miles on own solar energy. Read more ... » and the regulations that distinguish them from road-going machines. Now those hurdles have been cleared, and with more and more bike lanes and pedestrian zones showing up in our cities, there are more places where vehicles like these make sense. Perhaps competitors like RYNO will get the simmering market boiling.
If there’s one thing that will make the RYNO a success, it’s style. Standing on a Segway feels conspicuously nerdy. Straddling a RYNO makes you feel way more badass than anyone riding a 10MPH electric scooterAll things #EV Commuting: 20mph High Performance Electric Scooter for $349 +Shipping http://igg.me/at/vomo/x/9130002. Read more ... » has a right to.