Gallery: Cyclist Journeys From France To Japan on Solar Electric Bike!


If you live in Europe, the general way to get to Japan is to fly. However French cyclist Florian Bailly opted for a different method of transport – a solar electric bicycle. His epic journey would take him through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China and finally into Japan (10,000km in total!) all on the back of a 8,000 euro prototype bicycle that towed a solar panelled trailer.

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  1. Diego Soto Galvez June 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    En este mundo en que la contaminación ambiental es tan palpable,personas como el debieran existir por miles,lamentablemente es un gusto algo costoso y que los Gobiernos debieran subsidiar para asi promover el uso de estos exelentes vehiculos.
    Diego de Colombia

  2. VeloteqEbikes October 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Interesting story and good way to generate interest in electric bikes. I’d have to agree with @geoffstanley though–the solar panel may not be worth its weight for this epic journey. However, it would be really nice for people who don’t cycle much to have an ebike and charge it with solar (trailer not required).

  3. geoffstanley October 16, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I wouldn’t really say that 120km a day is 1.5 times as fast as a regular tour. Cycle tourists can go at all different rates. I averaged 120km on my tour on a normal bike without much difficulty, and met one guy who was averaging 200km, and heard of people averaging 250km… If he was only pulling 120km with a solar panel, I wonder if the solar panel is really worth its weight. But something like this could certainly be useful.

  4. Self-Balancing Electric... October 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    […] course, fun transportation tools like this rarely come cheap–the SBU costs $1499, with the first orders shipping in […]

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