Riding a bike is the greenest way of transportation. We exercise and at the same time protect the environment by choosing a vehicle that does not spread fumes. However, if we are tired and feel unable to paddle all the way to work, a bicycle is not an option for us. An electric bike, on the other hand, might be just the thing we need.
Many have said that electric bikes, although better than cars, cannot be considered green vehicles. The energy they consume comes from places such as coal-burning power plants. In order to get rid of this dilemma, Santa Cruz-based NTS Works created the NTS SunCycle. This cargo bike has an integrated photovoltaic panel that apparently charges in only eight hours. The bicycle was first unveiled on the 5th of February.
The NTS SunCycle has a 60-watt panel that can be found on the lid of the cargo box. It uses noncrystalline solar cells and is said to be more than 19 percent efficient. Unfortunately, it also adds another kilogram to the total weight of the bicycle.
As mentioned before, the battery charges fully in eight hours. Although not many people will be able to leave their bikes eight hours in the sun, it is more than likely that most will have no need of a fully charged battery. They will be able to charge it as much as necessary and then use it for the duration of their trip. In addition, the NTS SunCycle can also be charged by plugging it in an outlet in the wall.
The NTS SunCycle will begin shipping in May. At the moment it is available for preorder. Although a bit pricey at US$3,900, it is undeniably a green and efficient means of transportation. A plus of this bike is that its cargo box can carry about 45 kilograms. Would you buy it?
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