Bosch Showcases Solar Powered Electric Bike
Bosch thin-film solar modules supply solar powered electric bike with reliable, environmentally-friendly driving power, even at sub-optimal levels of sunlight
Bosch Solar Energy is presenting a future-focused energy concept at the 2010 Solar Power International - a solar powered electric bike. The electric bike is powered using Bosch thin-film solar modules.
The Bosch solar powered electric bike makes it easier for riders to pedal. The electric motor kicks in to help riders on uphill stretches, for example.
The UL 1703-certified, thin-film Bosch Solar Module µm-Si plus NA 1110 modules can charge the electric bike's eight ampere-hour lithium-ion battery in just two and a half hours. Bosch modules supply the battery with reliable, environmentally friendly energy – and not just under sunny, Californian conditions. With impressively high yields even at sub-optimal levels of sunlight, the micromorph thin-film modules on Bosch's solar powered electric bike are also suited to the less sun-kissed regions of the world.
The combination of ebike and solar port showcased at Solar Power International was an example to illustrate the future key role photovoltaics will play in powering electric drive units. According to an email from the company, Bosch expects US sales for its solar powered electric bike to start at the beginning of 2012.