Did you know.. The solar bike could be the future?
Solar bikes: the new trend in the e-bike industry
Stand on a big crossroad in a major city for around ten minutes, and you will see an e-bike. Guaranteed. But although electric bicycles have a huge number of advantages, there is one big disadvantage. As the name already states, these vehicles run on electricity. And because a cable would limit the reach of your bicycle to around five meters, their batteries will run empty after a while. But technology isn’t standing still. New energy sources are found and applied, also in the bicycle industry. The sun, for example, could charge your e-bike on the go. Let Bicle introduce you to the solar bike.
There is not one general kind of solar bike. Innovative tech companies invented multiple ways to keep a bike going in the most environmental friendly ways. A Dutch study has shown that using solar power to charge your bike reduces the amount of CO2-emissions up to 20 times, so it definitely does make a difference.
External solar panel
Of course, the sun receptors do not have to be built into the bicycle. KVAERN is one of the companies that chose this path. They designed a solar pack and panel specifically for their e-bikes, inspired by the Tesla Powerwall. Customers install the panel on their roof and the pack on a wall somewhere around their house. The power pack will charge on solar power during the day and stores it, so the electricity is available whenever you need it.
Built in solar panel