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Gym car recharged by driver workout

An electric car recharged by its driver's exertions has been designed for a competition.

The GYM Concept Car, designed by Da Feng of Coventry University, features a range of inbuilt exercise machines.

Operating the rowing machine, bench press or pull up simulator charges the cars batteries.

Da Feng designed the car for a competition sponsored by design consultancy P4 Cad Cam.

The car does not feature bicycle-style pedals, normally regarded as an easy way of generating electricity.

Its styling suggests the designer took inspiration from fighter planes.

The ability to recharge the car wherever it is could be a useful innovation as it would give the driver the freedom to go further from recharge points.

Recently, the government launched a £100 million programme to support the electric car industry.

It offered local authorities and community organisations electric cars to trial and demonstrate.

Meanwhile, China's first mass-produced hybrid electric cars, made by BYD Auto, have arrived on the market.

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