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The Naturmobil is a horse-powered vehicle for travel on paved roads. The vehicle is controlled by a driver in a similar way to a motor-driven vehicle, with the horse inside the vehicle on a treadmill. It weighs 300 kg (660 lb), or probably around 700 kg (1,500 lb) with the horse. It cruises at about 20 km/h (12 mph), with a top speed of about 80 km/h (50 mph). The treadmill also charges batteries which will power the vehicle if the horse needs a break.
The vehicle was invented by Abdolhadi Mirhejazi, an Iranian engineer, who says "the Naturemobil was developed with the safety and welfare of the animal in mind". At least one veterinarian, Dr. Matt Pietrak, has concerns for the horse's wellbeing while powering the vehicle.
Notes and references
- "Naturmobil: Car runs on realy(sic) 'horse power'!". It's your auto world. May 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- Dharmarajan, Subramani (May 1, 2008). "Naturmobil: Cart runs on ‘horse power’". Xpress News. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- Safford, Matt (May 7, 2008). "Naturmobil Horse Car Takes Horse Power to New Low". Gearlog. Archived from the original on December 15, 2009. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- McLennan, Paul. "Vet bridles at truck". 7days. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- "Welcome to Fleethorse". Archived from the original on Jan 25, 2012.– official website
- Naturmobil: The One-Horsepower Vehicle with a Twist
- Article in The Guardian
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