Dutch Team Develops World’s First Solar-Powered Bike
Dutch team develops world’s first solar-powered bike and good (green) news travels fast around the globe. A startup from The Netherlands teamed up with a group of engineering students to create the first solar-powered bike in the world.
The prototype developed for this enchanting electric bicycle charges itself through solar cells located on the front wheel. This electric bike will never need to be plugged in. “This is a product that is capable of recharging itself during daytime or when you are cycling,” said Marc Peters, CEO, Solar Applications.
— Netherlands Embassy (@NLinPanama) February 23, 2016
The first solar bicycles were first invented in the late 80’s, but they were full of flaws and the product never actually reached the market. They had a trailer with solar panels which cyclists had to carry along with them.
All the power needed to charge this really cool and futuristic solar bike comes from the solar panels fixed on the bike’s front wheel and from the cyclist’s pedaling. It easy, efficient and very chic.
The bike can store a part of the energy gained which can later be used on rainy days when the sun can’t charge the solar panels. The prototype is starting to get a lot of attention, and after all the tests will be completed, it is expected to cost approximately 2,500 euros ($2,784). It is set for official release in 2018.
The Netherlands is probably the country with the most tradition in cycling. It’s in their history, culture and even in their DNA (to sound more poetic). The country also has a lot of other amazing cycling initiatives, like the solar panel bike lane, which opened a year ago and produce a lot more energy than expected.
— CityLab (@CityLab) November 19, 2015