Introduction: Solar Electric Trike
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Are We There Yet? Challenge
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.
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Step 1: What You Need
Wrenches and screwdrivers
Hacksaw or maybe an angle grinder
Welder. Oh, you don't have a welder? Now you do.
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
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
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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