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The Solar Bike, a mix between a trustworthy two-wheeler and a Tesla

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by: Sharai Hoekema
the solar bike  a mix between a trustworthy two wheeler and a tesla

Most people associate true sustainable and green transport with trustworthy methods of getting from A to B: by foot, horse, or the bicycle. In recent years, some innovative means of transport were added to this list - including the electric vehicles of Elon Musk’s Tesla.

So, what do you get when you cross the trustworthy two-wheeler with a Tesla? That is the question that Danish engineer Jesper Frausig pondered, before coming up with the Solar Bike: a fully elektric bike that runs entirely on renewable solar power. Using the power of the sun, it will take its rider wherever he needs to go using the ancient-old allure of the bike - but without the heavy work.

Regular bike meets battery power

While it is designed to resemble a regular bicycle as closely as possible, the Solar Bike has specially engineered wheels, fitted with very efficient photovoltaic cells - so solar panels attached to the wheels. The energy that it generates is directly transmitted to the battery when the bike is stationary. Hence, the Solar Bike does not require any additional, long-waiting charging time, as it will automatically start charging when it is parked.

Then, while in motion, this stored energy is used to power the motor. And those who worry that it might not suffice, will be surprised to learn that speeds range from 25 km/hour to 50 km/hour. Practically, depending upon the net sunshine, the solar cells might provide sufficient power to have the bike run for anywhere between 2 km and 25 km per day. 

A bright future for solar-powered e-bikes

No word yet as to the planned release date for the bike. In fact, since the ‘big launch’ of the concept in the summer of 2015, it has been somewhat quiet around Frausig’s team. Not to worry: the basic idea is good and has already been adopted by many other bike manufacturers. This makes it only a matter of time before the first solar-powered bike will hit the market.

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