A few weeks ago we wrote about a hydrogen-fueled bike out of China. Well, it looks like a Canadian entrepreneur Peter Sandler has had other ideas in the meantime. His company has produced what they like to call the â€œE-V Sunny Bicycle.â€
Other than looking like a professional racersâ€™ bike with grannyâ€™s basket on the back, this is a 100% solar-powered bicycle. Solar panels are built right into the wheels, which charge the batteries and power a 500 watt motor which can actually get this puppy going 30 km (19 miles) an hour! The weight of the bike, at 75lbs, makes the unit a little impractical should you run out of juice at the bottom of a hill, but if standing in the sun for 10 minutes gets you back in the game, then one can't complain.
Having the panels built into the wheels is an odd configuration, considering that they will be completely useless at high noon. I suppose if you're running low, you can just rest the bike on the ground to charge.
The bikes are in production now, so no waiting. The cost, though, is $1295.00, which is up there, but considering the alternatives, maybe itâ€™s not so much after all. Plus, there's a kit to convert your current bike for only $800.
written by Jess McCabe, September 25, 2007
written by kinetic e bike, May 08, 2010
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