This solar assisted air conditioned tricycle with unlimited range is a guest post by Bob Sheraton
“Riding on Sunshine”
My solar assisted, air conditioned trike.
Basically the bike has unlimited range.
Unfortunately, I don’t!
The panels keep the 2-12v-36ah SLA DEEP CYCLE batteries fully charged, in series, for the 450 watt/24v hub motor, .the a/c is independently powered by 40 NiMh batteries wired series /parallel and a water mister manually pumped –that and my Columbia Zero shirt works better than expected–evaporative cooling. I have gone about 70 miles-110 km so far. It is not harder to pedal than unmodified, 21 speeds, and 3 wheels, help.
Solar, Air Conditioned Tricycle with Unlimited Range
Image © Bob Sheraton
It also has 100 psi tires for low roll resistance! I eliminated the motor controller in favor of a momentary switch and also added a key switch, and a series disconnect should I ever need to charge the batteries using a 12 v source. With the addition of one of my 110vac inverters I will even have plenty of power to keep the refrigerator and fan running during power outages.
The a/c blower is on a independent power point so I can recharge a phone if needed.
No holes were made in the original bike, salvaged from craigslist for $200. The box on the back can be removed in 2 minutes or less. Just loosen two ratchet straps, and the front solar assembly in about 5 minutes, Remove 4 hose clamps. The lights for night running are removed and stored in the back bos when not needed.
And it’s 100% street legal in all 50 states! (thanks to Lee Iacocca)
Images © Bob Sheraton
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