Gallery: Josh Hadar’s Electric E-Trike Chopper Can Hit 45MPH

Photo © Peter Reitzfeld Photography

New York-based artist Josh Hadar has developed an electric three-wheeler dubbed the E-Trike that not only runs on renewable energy, but it has enough power to hold its own on city streets. Built around a carbon steel frame, the black motorcycle is powered by a Mars Electric motor that can produce an output of 4.8 kilowatts (6.4 horsepower) continuously and 15 kilowatts at a push, allowing the chopper trike to hit a top speed of 45 mph.

Photo © Peter Reitzfeld Photography

Josh Hadar is known for his customised bicycles and motorbikes, however this three-wheeler, which is about the size of a Smart Car, is in a class of its own. Hadar has installed an Alltrax programmable controller that “reins in” the motor, but it is primarily powered by four 12 volt lead-acid batteries while give the three-wheeler a range of around 30 miles. However, speaking to Wired, Hadar speculates that this range could be doubled with the installation of a lithium nano-phosphate battery pack.

This E-Trike, which is a prototype, is charged from a 750-watt array of six solar panels that are on the roof of Hadar’s studio. The chopper is 8.4 feet long and has a large 20-inch front wheel and 26-inch wheels at the back. Flat out, Hadar says that the bike is capable of 45mph. With even Orange County Choppers rolling out an electric motorcycle, we’re excited to see trends shifting towards classic electric cycles.

+ Josh Hadar

Via Wired

Photos © Peter Reitzfeld Photography


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  1. Contour Energy Systems ... October 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    […] Lithium ion batteries may be the battery of choice for electric vehicles such as the Prius, but they’e still severely limited, with some batteries needing a recharge after 100 miles. As such, Contour Energy Systems, a self-described portable power company, has stated that it is trying to produce batteries that last 10x longer than the best batteries on the market at the moment.  According to the company’s recent press statement, it has reportedly acquired carbon nanotube li-ion battery technology from MIT that can create a “tenfold increase in power.” […]

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