SOLARCROSS: Brilliant Electric Bike is Boosted by the Sun’s Rays

by , 09/19/11

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Inventor Terry Hope has created the Solarcross – a sun-powered electric bike outfitted with three photovoltaic panels, a 24-volt electric motor, and three 5,000 mAh lithium-ion batteries. The brilliant bicycle soaks up the sun’s rays as a source of clean electricity to propel it through the streets. All in all the kit weighs about 50 pounds and it can reach speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour (31 mph) – and best of all, Hope says that any bike can be converted to run on solar power for about $300-$500!

+ Solarcross

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  1. escoles January 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    This is neat, but what I’d really like to see is a real regenerating hybrid bike.

  2. euroflycars September 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Terry Hope seems to ignore that the first solar car that went round the world, i.e. Louis Palmer’s “Solartaxi”, had its photovoltaic panels on a trailer — same as the “Icare” of another Swiss adventurer who just completed a 12000 miles intercontinental tour.

    Therefore, I don’t see why a solar bicycle should not pull a single-wheel (or two-wheel inline) trailer with a solar-panel-clad cover — it’s obviously the only solution that makes sense even though it’s not an invention…

    So why should Terry Hope’s fantasy be an invention?

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