At Anderson Energy Efficiency, we like to explore the limits. Having an Electric Car is great, but one of our employees thought he could make something even more efficient. A self-balancing, electric Unicycle!
It’s like a Segway, but with only one wheel (it actually falls under the same vehicle classification as a Segway). You move and steer by gently leaning in the direction you want to travel. The 600 watt motor is fully reversible so there’s no front or back. It also features full regenerative braking, so whenever you slow down it recharges the batteries too. Its range is around 10-12km depending on terrain with a maximum speed of 18km/h, so it won’t take you down the highway, but it will take you from your front door to the bus stop with ease.
Our Electric Car (which is one of the more efficient EVs on the road) averages an overall efficiency of 205 watt-hours per kilometre in everyday use, mainly because it weighs almost a tonne which means it has a much greater mass to move around. Meanwhile, this unicycle weighs just under 10kg so it averages only 11 watt-hours per kilometre in everyday use – that’s nearly twenty times as efficient and kinder to the environment!
Thanks to its incredibly low embodied energy and light weight, this prototype also worked out far cheaper than we anticipated – the total build cost was under $400. If you’d like to know more about either of our electric vehicles, don’t hesitate to contact us!