Toyota Wants You to Pedal to Recharge its Ride Share EVs:
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Toyota’s U.S. research and development arm has thought up a unique way to reduce the costs of a ride-sharing service.
A patent filed by Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) and uncovered by AutoGuide.com describes a ride-sharing system where passengers can offset the price of their fares by helping to charge the electric vehicle’s batteries. This is done by pedaling or turning a crank inside the vehicle, as the figure below shows, which would help to recuperate some of the EV’s energy. The harder the occupants pedal, the more money they save on their fare.