Fully electric, gravity-defying ‘Diwheel’ unveiled

A team of students from the University of Adelaide has created a gravity-defying electric vehicle called `Diwheel`.

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 00:18 AM IST

London: A team of students from the University of Adelaide has created a gravity-defying electric vehicle called ‘Diwheel’ that places the driver between two giant wheels.
Till now, seen only in science-fiction movies like ‘Star Wars’, this strange-looking vehicle has entered our real lives.

The vehicle has two large wheels that are axially aligned with an inner frame. This holds the driver who is strapped in with a racing harness.

A joystick is used to turn it on the spot and drive it forwards at up to 25mph. The bright yellow electric motor is affectionately known as Edward (Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping.)

To ensure a stable ride the team used mathematical equations of motion to create a computer model of the Diwheel and then used this for numerous simulations. They then built a real-life control system using the findings.

“Edward not only rocks but it``s green too,” the Daily Mail quoted Jack Parsons, a student who worked on the project as saying.

“It``s fully electric, and employs regenerative braking, so energy is recovered when slowing down,” he added.

ANI