Saturday, 4 April 2015

Solar Bajaj or Solar Rickshaw or Solar Tuk Tuk



Model 1:

This is a 3 wheeled Solar Bajaj operates with the sun as the power source. This auto rickshaw was converted to an electric auto rickshaw by removing its petrol engine replaced with 2 Lynch motors which are connected in series on the back wheels.This auto rickshaw is having 4 x 85 Watt BP solar panels which is charging 4 x 16 Volt Li-Ion batteries.


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Model 2:

This is a 4 wheeled solar vehicle which already had 8 x 80 Watt panels that were reduced to 6 panels for safety because 480 Watts was sufficient to power the 2 x 12 Volt batteries operating at 24 Volts. It reaches a speed of 40 kph and can able to carry 4 passengers for 100 kilometres in a day.


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Model 3:

This solar vehicle is sponsored by Euromoney Investor PLC, and the Moss Family was made by Cycles Maximus of Bristol for The BBC Tomorrow’s World Road Show and was cycled from the NEC Birmingham to Earls Court.

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Model 4:

This Solar Vehicle is based on the London cycle taxi with 2 x 85 Watt solar panels on the roof and power from a Lynch motor. It gives a good illustration of power from the panels and a human as it is generally accepted "that a person can" when cycling produce 85 Watts; so the roof panels are equivalent to 2 cyclists power, which does not stop working at traffic lights or during lunch, the power being stored in 2 x 12 Volt batteries.

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Model 5:

This Vehicle is sponsored by Harvest Energy was built in Udaipur,India. The hybrid drive is from pedals and a Lynch motor attached to the front wheel with the power being provided by 3 x 75 Watt solar panels producing 36 Volts from 3 x 12 Volt Lead Acid batteries. It has excellent performance up hills, can carry 3 passengers and is substantially built.





Model 5:

This is known as the ‘Boys Toy ‘ as it was built by James and Simon Moss from an Indian cycle rickshaw parts bought in Delhi and assembled in Udaipur with the addition of a Heinzmann hub motor on the front wheel, 2 x 75 watt solar panels and 2 x 12V small lead acid batteries. It is very robust having been in 2 crashes and overturned. Like the other solar vehicles it was presented to Arvind Singh Mewar of the MMCF at a grand ceremony in the Old City Palace and Simon Moss, then aged 13, made the often quoted statement “When I am old the Oil Age will have passed”




Model 6:

Solar no 5 is a star, sponsored by Petrex and built in the UK by the remarkable and brilliant engineer Cedric Lynch. It is so efficient it covered 150 kilometres, carrying 4 passengers, in 1 day just from the solar power. It has 6 x 85 Watt panels and is based on a light weight frame with 4 mountain bike wheels with low friction hubs. Power is from a 200 mm Lemco Lynch permanent magnet motor and incorporates a Brusa controller which has regenerative braking .





Model 7:

This is a converted Bajaj Kawasaki KB 100cc motorcycle. The engine is replaced with an Etec Lynch motor and Brusa controller and instead of petrol the power is stored in 2 x 85 Amp/hr Li Ion batteries. It is used daily by the garage staff for errands around town and is recharged from a portable solar bike shed that keeps the bike cool whilst charging.




Model 8:


This was sponsored by the Donald Family and was built in the UK by 2EV in Cornwall. It is based on the Piaggio small truck and with its large engine had impressive acceleration and a top speed of 85 kph. It is now used as the “Mother ship” charging from the 6 x 85 Watt solar panels the electric scooters and motorbikes Solar Nos 10 – 15.





Model 9:

This was designed by Neil McClaren a young cycle enthusiast who was sponsored by Collinda to work on new designs for solar rickshaws in Udaipur. The vehicle is extremely easy to drive and steer but even with 7 gears is hard to pedal due to the absence of a free wheel shortly to be fitted.



Model 10:

This Vehicle is made in the Palace garage at Udaipur incorporates many of the best features of the earlier models. Sole drive is a Lynch motor on the front wheel. It has 3 x 75 Watt solar panels and 3 x 65 Amp/hr lead acid batteries. It is a very convenient town vehicle and a similar vehicle is being built for the testing programme/taxi service at the University.