Stanford students build an efficient open-air electric car

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As part of the master’s thesis project for the Joint Program in Design, Stanford graduate students have created a new electric car. Designed for local transportation, the innovative vehicle makes daily travel more environmentally friendly, efficient and fun. Dubbed the “Weng,” this open-air electric vehicle offers a style that allows people to interact with the community while they drive.


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The Weng features a tubular steel frame resting on four wheels. The wooden floor gives a nice sheen look, while two leather-covered seats take comfort and style into consideration. The throttle, speed control, batteries and brakes, all reside in the car’s rear wheels. Passengers hold onto bicycle-like handlebars, which have a steering joystick at the driver’s side that helps in controlling the car.

The Weng is capable of traveling 10 miles at 15 to 20 mph on four hours charge, but it can be customized. Using the best batteries and appropriate motors can make it go 30 miles at 35 mph. It would set you back by nearly $5,000 to $10,000. The car will be unveiled at a launch party in the atrium of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at 6 p.m. today. Hit the video to see it in action.

Via: News Release (Standford University)