Introduction: Solar Electric Trike

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Convert an electric scooter to a trike. And then make it solar for extra awesomeness.

This is not my project. It is by a guy I see around. I interviewed him and took some pictures. There is enough information here to get you started if you have some hand tools and curiosity.

Remember to leave a comment :)


Step 1: What You Need

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Tools:
Drill
Wrenches and screwdrivers
Hacksaw or maybe an angle grinder
Welder. Oh, you don't have a welder? Now you do.


Materials:
Electric scooter, or maybe any bicycle would work fine.
~1/4" x 2" angle aluminum
~3/4" steel square pipe
Angle iron (you decide how strong it should be)
Scrap steel pieces
Front suspension from a small "quad" 4 wheeler.
Wheels with a thick (14mm?) axle. The axle must be strong enough to be supported on one side only.

Step 2: Replace the Front End

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Like I said, this is not my project so here is the info you need to get started. You'll have to figure some things out and share them in the comments.

-Remove front of scooter
-Extend the steerer tube or bar
-Attach an L bracket to the steerer tube
-Put ball-end bearings on the end of the L bracket
-Extend the main body of the scooter forward
-Make places to mount the front suspension from a quad
-Mount the quad suspension on there
-Make a bracket to hold the wheels out of thick angle aluminum
-Mount (ineffective) brakes on the angle aluminum.

Step 3: Make It Solar

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Stick on four 2a 12v solar panels in series and through a diode to trickle charge the batteries.

Step 4: Enjoy!

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It's cool! Chix digit.

Comments

GregoriNiculitcheff (author)2012-03-04

cool :)

epierce (author)2012-01-02

Where did you get the front suspension?

snotty (author)epierce2012-01-02

The front suspension is from a small quad (4 wheeler).

Kaptain Kool (author)2011-05-22

Sweet, this is awesome!

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