Push­bike an elec­tri­fy­ing feat

Central Leader - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Chris Bauss­man and his bike will be laugh­ing all the way to the petrol sta­tion.

The San­dring­ham res­i­dent has come up with a novel way of avoid­ing ris­ing petrol prices by build­ing an elec­tric all-wheel drive push­bike.

Mr Bauss­man has taken more than a year and a half to con­vert the bike, fin­ish­ing just in time for World En­vi­ron­ment Day last Thurs­day.

He says it is dif­fer­ent from other elec­tric bikes be­cause it has three dif­fer­ent drive sys­tems, in­clud­ing a sep­a­rate elec­tric mo­tor and disc brakes on each of the wheels.

He came up with the idea af­ter he looked on the in­ter­net and couldn’t find any­thing sim­i­lar.

“This has got to be a world first,” he says.

“There’s just noth­ing else like it.”

The bike is pow­ered by two bat­ter­ies which Mr Bauss­man even­tu­ally plans to charge with so­lar pan­els.

The whole project cost less than $1000 and the bike weighs in at just un­der 35kg.

It can go up to 30km an hour and he has al­ready suc­cess­fully rid­den up the steep­est part of Queen St, be­tween May­oral Drive and Karanga­hape Rd.

The bike, which he has named Fu­ture Bike, is not just for this gen­er­a­tion, he says.

“It’s for the next gen­er­a­tion. And the next and the next.

“To me this bike is so far ahead of its time. I don’t even care if some­one copies my idea be­cause that’s good for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“That’s what the world needs.”

Mr Bauss­man says he has al­ways wanted to build an elec­tric bike ever since work­ing on me­chan­i­cal projects as a child with his fa­ther.

He was in­spired by his fa­ther’s dream to con­vert a Fiat 500 to elec­tric­ity – some­thing he was never able to com­plete.

Mr Bauss­man says hav­ing the bike fi­nally up and run- ning means a lot to him.

“I’ve ac­tu­ally done it. I’ve suc­ceeded in what I set out to do.”

He says he also plans to at­tach a bike alarm, a re­vers­ing cam­era and a fi­bre­glass cover to the bike.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Green ge­nius: Chris Bauss­man’s Fu­ture Bike made its de­but on World En­vi­ron­ment Day last Thurs­day.

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