Solar tricycle

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Solar tricycle


Instructables user dpearce1 made a solar-powered motorized trike, and an instruction set to go along with it. From the instructable:

The purpose of this project is to build a vehicle that:

-Provides free, ‘green’ transportation for short distances (<10 miles), thus it must never

plug into a wall socket, or emit any pollutants.

-Charge while at work

-Is cheap, simple, and low maintenance.

-Draws attention to the practical application of green energies, and promotes Fossil Fuel alternatives.

-Reduces excess automobile wear and pollution from cold driving / short, in town trips.

-Gets me an A, since it is a project for Dr Reza Toosi’s ‘Energy and the Environment, a global perspective’ class at California State University, Long Beach. We look at the sources, technologies, and impacts of energy on our environment.

Via the instructables Weekend Builder.


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4 thoughts on “Solar tricycle

  1. Anonymous says:

    The trouble is, a bicycle does what this thing does. Does it cheaper, faster, and better. And greener.

  2. Bob Darlington says:

    Steve Roberts beat you to it, but did it on a recumbent in the early 80s. Granted, his panels were for charging batteries to power electronics (alarm, ham radio, lights, etc.) on his trip around the USA.

    Check out his old bikes and his current projects here:

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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