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Solar Assisted Air Conditioned Tricycle with Unlimited Range


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

Bob Sheratons Solar Powered Trike 002

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.

Bob Sheratons Solar Powered Trike 001

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)

Bob Sheratons Solar Powered Trike 003

Images © Bob Sheraton

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  • Avatar Skylos
    June 30, 2015, 6:30 am

    This article is trash. Why is it even here?

  • June 30, 2015, 6:51 am

    I actually thought it was interesting. Tiny trike for Tiny house owner. 🙂

  • Avatar Alex
    June 30, 2015, 6:56 am

    I thought most of you would also find interesting.. 😀

    • Avatar Candide33
      July 1, 2015, 6:34 am

      Thanks Alex, I think it is great to show some complementary items to go with the tiny house, can’t stay inside all the time. 🙂

  • June 30, 2015, 7:03 am

    I can understand why there might be some issues with this article being on this site. It’s NOT a tiny house. But most of us here are into “alternative ideas” as well as values and minimising our carbon footprint. This is a cool idea, earth friendly in every way and completely out of the box. I love it and I enjoyed the article.

  • Avatar Max
    June 30, 2015, 12:13 pm

    Love it.

  • Avatar alice h
    June 30, 2015, 3:27 pm

    Now that would be just the thing to go about in this crazy hot weather we’re having in the Pacific NW.

  • Avatar CathyAnn
    June 30, 2015, 8:53 pm

    I also enjoyed reading about this trike. If somebody doesn’t like it, delete it!

  • Avatar Amy
    June 30, 2015, 8:57 pm

    I can see myself riding one of these!

  • July 1, 2015, 11:41 am

    I think it was appropriate, you have to go places other than a tiny house and this is (mostly) renewable. One quibble, a set of LiPo batteries of the same capacity is much lighter and also much less toxic when recycled.

    Oh, and NY still hasn’t adopted the Federal rules for e-assist and considers e-assist as an unlicensed motor vehicle. Multiple lawsuits have been filed about this with NY state losing every one, but that is still the law in NY.

  • Avatar Denise
    July 11, 2015, 3:14 am

    This kind of reminds me of the Rhoades cars. You can learn more about them at their website here: http://www.rhoadescar.com/

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