Hans Free Electric™
Imagine living without reliable access to electricity. Not only would you have no cell phone, computer or television, but it would also be difficult to light and heat your home or prepare food without burning wood, kerosene or coal. Your home would be smoky and you and your family would suffer from respiratory illness. In the sweltering summer heat, you would have no way to run a fan to cool off. That’s how half the world currently lives. Now imagine the difference electrical power could make for those billions of people.
The Hans Free Electric™ bike enables people to generate their own electricity. Here’s how it works: A person pedals the hybrid bicycle, which drives a flywheel system, which turns a generator, which charges a battery. Pedaling for one-hour yields a day’s worth of electricity for an average rural household. It’s electricity on demand. There’s no utility bill, no need to buy fuel, no need to wait for the sun to shine or the wind to blow, and no pollution.
Since the release of the Billions in Change film, we’ve made some improvements to the Hans Free Electric™. The large flywheel has been replaced by a smaller flywheel system, reducing the size, weight, and cost of the bike, and improving its efficiency.
In March 2016, we shipped 25 Hans Free Electric™ units to India for pilot testing in rural households, small businesses, health clinics, and schools. In addition to receiving valuable feedback from participants on how to further improve the bike, we saw how truly life-changing this invention will be.