A solar powered ebike - possible?
I wish to make an ebike powered by solar panels in the wheel. What do you think about this?
It is a nice idea. We are always happy when our customers bring about some innovative ideas.
For the solar panels in the wheel (as suggested by the picture) we come to this calculation:
Taking the size of the rim 26", the diameter is 66 cm, making the flat area of the wheel some 0.34m2.
If you happen to fill this area with 60% by solar cells, you will get some 0.20m2 of solar panel flat space.
The regular solar panel is 1m x 1.6m making some 1.6m2 of the flat area. Such panels have typically about 260Wp of solar power rating. With 0.20m2 of the wheel, you will get the solar power rating of some 32Wp.