Monday, 08 Aug, 2011 Environment

Latest Invention: Solar-powered Electric Tricycle from Pakistani Student


Previously we wrote about some of the most interesting DIY inventions and here is another interesting example - a device called Solaron.

The electric reverse tricycle (two wheels at the front and one at the back) built by Farrukh Khan, a designer from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore in Pakistan, is powered by solar energy and costs only $600.

Currently the student is still working on improving certain features of its trike, but soon the vehicle is expected to be launched onto the market.

The student managed to build his eco-friendly vehicle is just 18 days. Solaron measures 2.13 x 1.06 x 1.37 meters (7 x 3.5 x 4.5 ft) and weights 60 kg (132 pound). It includes a t-shaped framework made of aluminum mounted at the front, and the back part of the vehicle, behind the seating area, is made of an old bicycle frame.

In addition, the vehicle boasts a 40 watt photovoltaic canopy mounted above the rider. It was installed to charge the onboard 12v/80Ah dry cell solar battery that powers a 24 volts electric motor. The latter turns the back wheel through a chain and several sprockets.

According to the inventor, his vehicle can reach a top speed of 30 kph (20 mph) and travel about 70 km (43 miles) on a single charge. The whole project cost the young man PKR 46,670 ($540).

It would be interesting to note that the young inventor has developed a detailed guide on how to build such a vehicle. The instructions were posted online so people could build their own variant of a solar-powered tricycle.

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