The focus of
this project is of a small single seat all weather, on and off road run-about
with a rechargeable battery powered electric motor. The charging method would
be a combination of connection to a regular 110v outlet plus a solar/thermal
collecting pipe system on the roof of the vehicle - it is not a roof rack up
I have been
toying with the idea of extended on road extended/maximized battery life with a
mix of evacuated solar tubes (with toughened glass) strategically placed for
max effect. The idea, of course, is that the extra charging during usage
will supplement and provide longer ride time.
vehicle should have a max speed around 40 - 45 mph with a potential not stop
run of 1.25 hrs - not too fast, but fun given the size and style of the
One more component of the concept is that the
color of the vehicle could potentially change (darken) when there is a need for
extra power. The darker the color, the more heat absorption and therefore,
theoretically, more power production.