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The Naturmobil is a horse-powered vehicle for travel on paved roads.[1][2] 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.[2][3]

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".[1] At least one veterinarian, Dr. Matt Pietrak, has concerns for the horse's wellbeing while powering the vehicle.[4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Naturmobil: Car runs on realy (sic) 'horse power'!". It's your auto world. May 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  2. ^ a b Dharmarajan, Subramani (May 1, 2008). "Naturmobil: Cart runs on ‘horse power’". Xpress News. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ McLennan, Paul. "Vet bridles at truck". 7days. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 

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