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SirJoey
06-19-2008, 04:11 PM
I recently read about a solar powered golf cart with a 55 mile range. So I'm thinking...

The KC would almost certainly weigh less than a golf cart, right? And since I was planning on building this thing with a roof on it anyway, I'm wondering how complicated & costly would it be to make it solar? I have no idea how to go about something like this, but if I could possibly pull it off, now would be the time to do it, since I haven't built the drivetrain yet, only the basic frame.

I have no idea at all where to even start. I don't know what to buy, or where to buy it. I know nothing about electronics, motors, solar panels, or any of the stuff that would be required. About all I really know is that I'd need a solar panel on top, some kind of motor, & a battery or batteries. That's it!

So is this even feasible for someone like me to attempt?

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gbbwolf
06-19-2008, 07:56 PM
I seen some solar trike plans on ebay i think might be worth it to look and get ideas.

Patrike
06-20-2008, 08:29 AM
Home Power is a US based magazine -- one of the biggest publications in the world for all things green power. You can download all old pubs and order on CD. I hate reading about this stuff cause it makes me want to do it but just to costly.

Homepower.com

Patrick

AtomicZombie
06-20-2008, 12:17 PM
I have been regularly using my electric Silent Speedster, and it is great. I take it down trails, out on the street, and it almost keeps up with traffic.

Costs almost nothing to charge it (can charge on solar) - runs for 1.5 hours! Now that's real green power.

I want to find an old CR/YZ/KX-125 dirt bike and replace the smogger with my PMG-132 electric motor. The completed bike will womp the original 125cc engine, but run silent, allowing me to use it almost anywhere.

Brad

Patrike
06-20-2008, 12:57 PM
PMG-132 -- 12 - 72 Volt, 9.5 HP on 72 volts systems, 19.3 HP peak for 10 minutes

Thats allot of power!!!!

Patrick




I have been regularly using my electric Silent Speedster, and it is great. I take it down trails, out on the street, and it almost keeps up with traffic.

Costs almost nothing to charge it (can charge on solar) - runs for 1.5 hours! Now that's real green power.

I want to find an old CR/YZ/KX-125 dirt bike and replace the smogger with my PMG-132 electric motor. The completed bike will womp the original 125cc engine, but run silent, allowing me to use it almost anywhere.

Brad

AtomicZombie
06-20-2008, 02:49 PM
Yes sir! This alternator sized motor will run a Honda Civic!

Brad

Patrike
06-20-2008, 06:23 PM
I found this site but have not looked yet


http://www.solartrike.com/

Patrike
06-20-2008, 06:35 PM
http://www.solarfacts.net/

gbbwolf
06-20-2008, 11:37 PM
Thats the one i saw on ebay the solartrike.
But I will wait awhile.
Just watched and read some cool stuff on solar technology.
Where soon you will be able to print solar panels out on your pc.
And mount them anywhere you like.
I will see if I can find that link again.

gbbwolf
06-21-2008, 03:26 AM
Pretty cool too.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070719011151.htm

shiloh
07-04-2010, 10:08 PM
I've been wondering about using the hubmotors on a Kyoto. Would one motor be enough? How about one on each rear wheel? Would it be hard to syncronize the two motors? So many questions.

SirJoey
07-04-2010, 11:22 PM
I've been wondering about using the hubmotors on a Kyoto. Would one motor be enough? How about one on each rear wheel?
If it's a decent motor, one would definitely do the trick. I originally installed my hubmotor
on a CycleBully, & used it to push my KC around, no prob.

Now, it's installed on my version of the LodeRunner, & yesterday, I was cruising at 30 mph,
while towing a trailer with BOTH of my little nieces in it, no prob at all. :punk:


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Radical Brad
07-05-2010, 10:24 AM
My tiny 350 watt hubmotor ran the LodeRunner Tandem up hills with 4 people on board for days on end while at camp. Ok, I was overvolting up to about 450 watts, but not bad for a total load of at least 700 pounds!

Brad

SirJoey
07-05-2010, 01:49 PM
...but not bad for a total load of at least 700 pounds!
Yep, that's wot I'm sayin. My total yesterday, between the weight of the heavy trike, batteries & all,
myself, the little trailer & 2 little girls was prolly around 600, & I could still cruise at speed on the flats! :punk:


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