"Low-cost solar and human-powered vehicle."

Battery-assisted electric bicycles for Africa

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Thu, May 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Electrek shows off the Solar-E-Cycle, a battery-assisted electric bicycle with a built-in solar panel that not only allows travelling 50 km at 50 km/h, but can be used to "charge your phone, plug a lamp or a water pump. You can even plug a sewing machine and start a business."

But Christen’s Solar-E-Cycle is unique for also combining the concept with an actual vehicle.

The main problem is bringing the cost down enough to make it affordable. In order to achieve that, they have been using used bike frames and made several iterations. They say that the latest Solar-E-Cycles can travel up 50 km (31 miles) per day and it can reach a top speed 50 km/h (31 mph).

Furthermore, they are partnering with economic development efforts in order to finance the manufacturing of the bikes and then rent them at low-cost – $0.50 to $1 per day.

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