The Energy Revolution in a Bike

Here we go, it’s another revolution. How many revolutions can this world take?! Someday we humans will blow the Earth up. You betcha. Designer Augustin Barbot looks forward to the near future, remembering the Industrial Revolution in the West and envisioning an Energy Revolution for us all! And here, in this vehicle, is that revolution encapsulated. You drink the energy drink and the power comes out! You sit on the “OPEL EWOL”, put the energy of your body in, and SPEED comes out. Hot, futuristic speed.

Here’s the breakdown basically.

This bike is wild.

Energy In:
Energy Suit – 100W (body heat+movement) either 600W to 1kW a day
Shock Absorber – 20W (under the seat)
Steering – 1 to 5W
Rear Wheel Kinetic Energy – 50W
Pedaling – up to 200W
Solar Cells – 20W either 400W a day
Kinetic Tyres – 20W
HPA Tank (Hydraulic Power Assist) – up to 80% of the decceleration energy saved
Braking Wind Turbines – 10W

Energy Out:
Electric Engine – 2kW
Digital Display – 1.6kW

Simple, right?

This bike… or I guess some people’d call it a motorcycle, is radical. It looks like something out of a science fiction magazine and it’s got so much potential not only for graphics all over it, but also for that little sneaky important point – energy efficiency.

It’s the future.

I know I say things like that all the time but really, check it out, it’s the future. For real. All of it, right here.

Ride it.

Designer: Augustin Barbot








OPEL EWOL aka Energy Way of Life by Augustin Barbot


  • mif991 says:

    I want to like this so much but it looks like a hot mess. Sleek presentation, awesome renderings, through step by step explanation, but the components look like they belong to something else. Each piece is beautiful separately, and…okay I changed my mind. I want one.

  • widepers says:

    The looks, pure awesomeness.
    As for the works, I see some gaps, maybe I’m tired and cranky, but… Did anybody actually try to do the calculations? I assume that somehow the energy in and out should be equal in size, but regardless of how I calculate (using the max values for “in” for example) I still don’t get to the “out”. Also, what kind of display is one that consumes 1.6kW???
    Maybe these don’t matter. Again, looks awesome.

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