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