March 9, 2010

Man Treks to Key West In Solar Stroller

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Bruce Maynard, who used to run marathons, now has some knee problems but still wants to travel 30 miles a day from Bellingham, UK to Key West, Florida. To accomplish his lofty mission, he is traveling in a solar- and battery-powered stroller. Nicknamed "Sam", the vehicle has a foldable solar panel that doubles as a work table and computer stand. The 74 year-old former businessman will also carry along a tent for shelter during his ambitious trek. Although he is not doing this for any charitable reason, he plans to participate in any green events that he runs across. Bon voyage, Mr. Maynard.

Via Bellingham Herald

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March 8, 2010

Mo-Du-Lo Rides 3 Ways

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The "Mo-Du-Lo" is so named because the modular car can be made into three different versions. The Mo is a monocycle operated by pedals. The Du is a 4-wheeled car with two monocycles that can accomodate 2 and can be run by batteries that have gotten their power from photovoltaic cells. The Lo version connects many cars and monocycles to create trains and can be used for long distance traveling. The concept was part of the Michelin Challenge Design Showcase.

Via Michelin Challenge

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February 10, 2010

Texan HS Students Build Solar Tractor

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Students at Bonham ISD High School, in Bonham, Texas are converting a donated tractor to run on solar power. Its electric batteries will run with the help of a solar array or can be plugged in on overcast days. Once the E-Tractor is complete, it will be used in a driving certification/safety course. We bet it will be involved in several joyrides as well.

Via Makezine

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January 6, 2010

Infinity Urban Commuter Trike

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Tim Tobola designed the Urban Commuter Trike as his contribution to less dependence on oil. The solar panels, with a charge of 2 hours to its battery, can give the vehicle 20 - 30 miles of traveling. With weight sensitive front wheels, the rider can easily change directions. When not in use, the Infinity can fold up to save space on the planet.

Via Earth Techling

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December 15, 2009

Sanyo Debuts Solar Electric Vehicle

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Sanyo introduced its latest green idea, the Solar Electric Vehicle. Debuting at the Eco Products 2009 International Exhibition at Tokyo Big Sight last week, it is powered by solar panels and lithium ion batteries. It uses a 16 hour solar charge to get it on its way or 8 hours via 100V AC.

Via Ubergizmo

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December 14, 2009

Solar Impulse Takes Off

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The Solar Impulse HB-SIA made its maiden flight last week from Dubendorf Airfield, near Zurich, Switzerland. Made to fly day and night with no need for fuel, 4 electric props and a bank of batteries powered the prototype aircraft. It traveled a meter off the ground and successfully landed after making it 350 meters (1,148 feet.) The company is looking forward to more flights this spring.

Via Solar Impulse

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December 9, 2009

Mc Type 2 Motorcycle - Vroom, Solar Style

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Keegan McClain's entry into the Michelin Challenge Design 2010 is the Mc Type 2 motorcycle. The vehicle can keep up with the big boys on the highway and runs on 148 3.3V lithium-ion cells that are located at the base of the frame. The batteries can be recharged by solar energy or a 110V outlet on those overcast days.

Via Keegan McClain

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December 3, 2009

C3 Hotel Cube Designed For Travel

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Jianbo Huang and Ting Zhao designed the C3 Hotel Cube that only has two rooms. With solar power as its source of electricity, the modernistic trailer is designed with some interesting ideas on sewer storage, semi-open space for claustrophobics and electronically controlled colored glass that can adjust in transparency.

Via Yanko

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November 24, 2009

Harmony Hits the Land and Water

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China's Weili Feng designed the Harmony, a vehicle for both land and water. The "environmental friendly new energy power system" runs mostly on hydrogen battery and 4 electric motors but also has a retractable solar paddle on the roof that can be used for power or as a sail. Large enough for 4, this RV looks like part of the future for travelers.

Via Design Boom

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November 18, 2009

GreenTow Trailer Creates Mobile Power

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Need power on the fly? GreenTow Trailers provide mobile power where it's needed most. Take it to a remote mountain cabin, on an excavation or use when power has been lost during an emergency. The solar panels can be adjusted with a switch and can turn to get the most sunshine per buck. Onboard batteries store the energy for those cloudy days. Included is a Kubota generator and current conversion inverter. Contact GreenTow for more details.

Via Green Tow

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