This self-charging cargo e-bike features integrated solar panels

A Dutch company has developed the first self-charging solar cargo e-bike that charges while driving to reduce its carbon footprint.

With three integrated solar modules with highly efficient photovoltaic cells – for up to 545 Wp (watt peak) output – the SunRider offers maximum energy yield. This partially charges the on-board battery with clean energy, which reduces the consumption of electricity from fossil fuels. It promises to cut CO2 emissions by 50% compared to other cargo e-bikes on the market and 95% compared to a diesel-powered delivery van. This is mainly due to the fact that solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable and are increasingly suitable for use on moving objects.

This cargo bike, developed by the Dutch company Need The Globe, is powered by a 250 W hub motor in the front wheel, which is powered by a replaceable 1.6 kWh battery that promises a range of up to 100 km.

The bike can transport up to 150 kg of freight and is aimed primarily at logistics professionals as a so-called last-mile delivery solution. In this regard, Need The Globe (NTG) aims to offer a transportation solution that is sustainable but also easy to manage and recharge.

Price and availability will be announced.

Discover the SunRider in this video:

David Benard

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