Innovation is cool, except when you blacken up a green concept.
Yes, it requires natural resources such as oil to produce bicycles. But when you go too high tech, you’re into the rare earth problem. Big problem.
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Like they said, it’s good to play around with ideas to see where they take you. But one of the beauties of the bicycle is the ability for the user to do his or her own repairs. Ain’t gonna happen with this thing. And some parts aren’t repairable at all, or would take huge sums of money to repair. Talk about your diminishing returns.
Rare earth problem? Nah – it’s Peak Lithium that’s going to kill the Prius!
Is it really that hard to shift a bicycle?
Its nice to do stuff like this just to exercise the concept, but its not a real solution to anything–other than the solution to exercising the concept.
As the links say, none of these high tech solutions is 100% green. Which is why China mines all the REE, since they could care less about devastating their environment and we are neurotic about protecting ours.
Of course, when China flexes its economic muscle and cuts off critical supplies, those high tech chickens will come home to roost. We have so neglected our home industries in lieu of paying the low bidders (China) we are utterly dependent on unfriendly foreign supplies of both material and technology.