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Would you buy an electric vehicle ‘Wally Hotvedt’?

For a brief Rich Kronfeld was in that galaxy of St. Louis Park boomers who made it big. The brothers, Tom Friedman, Al Franken — was taking his place alongside

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In the late ’90s, created a goofy game called “Let’s Bowl.” It ran for years on local TV, and then the big called: Comedy Central up “Let’s Bowl” in 2001.


Kronfeld and his socially challenged ego “Wally Hotvedt” went The show ran for two years, gained a following — then was dropped.

“I had many years to get to that said Kronfeld, now 50. “Then we got and it was, ‘Now what?’ I prepared for that.”

Kronfeld a variety of jobs over the few years, most of them a public-service focus. He worked Habitat for Humanity and with a group, Nechama. It was while his bike to work one day that he got the that would set him on a path he dreamed of: alternative-energy entrepreneur.

“I’m a nerd in many including a recumbent-bike nerd,” he “I was commuting an hour and a half to Prairie on my bike. I was looking for you could buy that would an electric assist.

“Then I had my moment: Why couldn’t the bike be connected to a generator?”

Kronfeld his inspiration from the velomobile. a bicycle-based vehicle that’s in Europe. But he knew Americans need something bigger and powerful.

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His creation is called the Raht which stands for Recumbent Human Transport. The streamlined with a carbon-fiber body off an electric motor that’s by pedaling. The vehicle will be of speeds above 60 mph, and believes he can sell it for less $15,000.

Kronfeld is billing it as the fastest bicycle, but it also operate on a battery charge being pedaled. Why not just make a straightforward electric

“There have been a lot of vehicle companies that crashed,” Kronfeld said. “I to think the ‘why’ of this was it’s electric. Now I think the is the pedals. It’s a bike can go 90 mph! That’s insane!”

project recently got a big boost Xcel Energy and the University of awarded him a $50,000 renewable-energy

It’s a strange turn of for Kronfeld, who jokingly calls “a washed-up comedian.” (Not washed up, though; he’s appearing as a regular cast in a local children’s TV program, Choo Choo Bob Show.” ) But he his experience as an entertainer actually him for the business world.

“That whole Hollywood world is actually the harshest, form of entrepreneurship,” he said. product you’re selling is and you’re constantly pitching That’s actually been good preparation for what I’m now.

“And I have to of all the creative things I’ve done, this has been as as any of them. I’m really looking to seeing where things

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