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@bemoto.chJust a few weeks ago I read an article about a study of real power consumption of electric cars. The efficiency largely depends not only on the mass, but as well on baterry temperature and average cruising speed. To make the long story short: A 2 ton electric vehicle is not green, which is no secret to anyone who did the math on the matter or tried to push that thing manually. Even the smaller electric cars do consume significantly more Energy in real life than measured in clinical environments. As an alternative, the article linked to the German Twike page - an 0.2 ton electric vehicle with pedals for two persons with a max speed of more than 50 mph and an average consumption of just 5 kWh per 100 km (without pedalling).

Intrigued by the concept, Kathrin and I went for an instruction course and test drive in Zurich, Switzerland. Thomas from bemoto.ch has half a dozen Twikes in his workshop. He'd introduce us how to operate the Twike, and take each of us out for a test ride. We'd ride a small street up and down a few times, and than cruise in the middle of Zurichs traffic madness.

 

Having accomplished that part, Kathrin and I drove in another Twike (with small wheels) to Greifensee and Züriberg in hope to get away from the commuter traffic. The later was somewhat an illusion, and the car drivers overtook us careless as if we were on bicycles, even though we rode some 40mph. However, our maneuvering skills improved hour by hour.

 

A short word on the concept: Unlike the ebikes, a Twike is accelerated by a two-stage push button on the steering (that is a liter like thing between the seats). To reduce speed, there is a recuperation push button underneath the accelerator. So one acutally just needs two fingers to operate the Twike. With the recuperation brakes, the battery is reloaded. That is, for 300 elevation feet downhill, the Twike gains an additional 3 miles range.The brake and acceleration buttons come with a cruise control feature. Give the fact that the Twike is in production since almost 20 years, it is an excellent engineering masterpiece with lots of modern features. Just a little wiggely and wobbely at times :-)

There is just enough room for the legs, and just enough room for small scale camping equipent. And thus - we are looking forward to use the Twike for a real mission soon - hopefully in less traffic :-)

All those well intended advices
and the next destination consolidates
a new drive, on the same vehicle
less and less dead weight
The past is stuff for
white painted newspapers
And tomorow is just an excuse
for not living today

 

dsc01727 smallDon't get lost
in the travellers blues
of loosing illusions
in the magic places
tethered by everydays
common oddities
The longer you stay
the more you understand
what's reality here

You thought you found a place
where romance was true
where you can feel home
Yet the fire burned fast
under the glowing sun
Remains unreached

The longer you stay
the more you are caught
in your own misgivings

There's always mountains to climb
far away, if you dare
There's songs to sing
and dreams behind
this cloudless horizon
if you roll on

The longer you stay
the more you might worry
until you roll on

Yet one day
you wish yourself back
back to this place
you ran away from
caught in misgivings
and illusions

A crazy dream of a single Emperor
weathered now, an amazing pile of rubble
in the shadow of mighty silver trees
What happend here, which force, which spirit
first imagined these palaces and pyramids and temples?
Which lunatic power made the crazy dream become real
and manifest here a millenium ago, in just 20 years?
A stone robot head - fallen - neither laughs nor to smiles
A tree with a burned out trunk yet green treetop
And that very spirit is omnipresent...

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It was early in Summer this year. The old cat showed us her offspring for the first time. We knew she was pregnant before, yet she was hidding herself and the kitties after she gave birth for a couple of weeks. She was thin as skin when she reappeared. Luckily, everything went well. The cat and the kitties ate and ate and now I guess their are ready for the cold season. Two of the offspring went to good hands, and now there's Whitepaw and Zwergi left here with their mother and her last years offspring. When I have my smoke outside, the kitties would come back from the neighboring woods and coze my legs, begging for some food. Yet these kitties are freedom cats, not used to the inside of the house. They are curious though, especially the one with the four white paws. Yet as soon as the door closes behind Whitepaw, he gets lunatic, jumps at the door and meows. No matter hoiw hungry he was before, Whitepaw wouldn't even pay a single look at the offered milk inside. Definitly, he's favouring freedom over food. I'm still puzzled in the most positive way about their distinction. And sometimes I wish, man would be a little more distinctive on his own freedom and the choice of food too.

Whitepaw in Summer

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