Solar-Powered 3-Wheel Electric Scooter
This is the BICAR, a Swiss-engineered three-wheel electric scooter that’s not only super cute, but it runs on solar power and is emission-free and produced with sustainable materials. Designed for sharing mobility, corporate mobility, and/or private use, the BICAR was developed by a research team at the Zurich University of Applied Science, led by Adrian Burri and Hans-Jörg Dennig. BICAR-sharing is perfect for businesses that are in search of a sustainable, space-saving, and cost-efficient solution. BICAR also keeps you protected from the rain and allows you to maintain social distance, which is essential during times like these.
This fully electric-powered scooter goes up to 28mph (45 km/h). It allows you to navigate cities and small villages from short to medium distances efficiently without the worry of parking or dealing with the frustrations of traffic – as you can easily bypass it. It’s also “an intermediate step between a bike and a scooter,” but with the beauty of not having to wear a helmet. Plus, it has safety features, which helps it navigate slippery surfaces. The dimensions of this one-passenger e-scooter are 1450 x 800 x 1885 mm. Its power is 2 kW, in-wheel motor, and it has a 2 kWh, 48V, 6.1 kg lithium-ion battery that powers the motors. BICAR’s solar panels are located on roof and the front part of the vehicle, and it can store up to two 25 kg shopping bags and luggage.
This e-scooter also has an innovative power supply that ensures its energy autonomy with solar power and a back-up system with swappable batteries as well as newly developed Battery Swap Stations. BICAR is reportedly the first electric vehicle that can be solely operated with solar power. It’s also seamless for riders to access a mobile app to “geo-localize” a BICAR or a Battery Swap Station. Additionally, riders can also make a reservation, lock/unlock the BICAR and use their mobile phone and software as an information board and navigation tool while driving. BICAR’s production adheres the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM product certification standard, which assesses five criteria – material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and CO2 compensation, water and social fairness.
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