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

Posted By Timon Singh On October 11, 2010 @ 2:00 pm In Green Transportation | 1 Comment

josh hadar, solar electric three wheeler, josh hadar e-trike, josh hadar three wheeler [1]

New York-based artist Josh Hadar [2] has developed an electric three-wheeler dubbed the E-Trike [2] 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 [3] 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.

josh hadar, solar electric three wheeler, josh hadar e-trike, josh hadar three wheeler [4]Photo © Peter Reitzfeld Photography [5]

Josh Hadar is known for his customised bicycles and motorbikes [2], 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 [6], 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 [7] rolling out an electric motorcycle [8], we’re excited to see trends shifting towards classic [9] electric cycles [10].

+ Josh Hadar [2]

Via Wired [6]

Photos © Peter Reitzfeld Photography [5]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/11/josh-hadars-electric-e-trike-chopper-can-hit-45mph/etrike/

[2] Josh Hadar: http://hadarmetaldesign.com/gallery.php

[3] Mars Electric motor: http://www.marselectricllc.com/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/11/josh-hadars-electric-e-trike-chopper-can-hit-45mph/etrike3/

[5] Peter Reitzfeld Photography: http://www.reitzphoto.com/

[6] Wired: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/10/josh-hadar-solar-trike/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wiredautopia+%28Blog+-+Autopia%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

[7] Orange County Choppers: http://www.orangecountychoppers.com/

[8] electric motorcycle: http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/12/orange-county-choppers-builds-its-first-electric-motorcyle/

[9] classic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/09/14/derringer-hybrid-cycles-are-a-throwback-to-1920s-racing-cycles/

[10] electric cycles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/29/blindspot-cycles-salvaged-motorcycles-reborn-all-electric/

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