Exploring the Potential of Solar-Powered Two-Wheeled Electric Mobility

Exploring the Potential of Solar-Powered Two-Wheeled Electric Mobility

This proposed project explores the potential for solar-powered two-wheel electric vehicle mobility. The researchers will install a solar charging station at UC Davis West Village for electric bikes and scooters, deploy a small fleet of shared two-wheel cargo bikes, and evaluate usage patterns and solar charging needs. The station was designed and built by PI Beth Ferguson’s studio Sol Design Lab. The station was previously located at Stanford University where it offered students and community members the opportunity to gather in the shade while recharging their laptops, phones and electric bicycle, scooter, or skateboard via USB ports or standard electrical outlets. With three solar panels (585 watts) and a 1000 watt inverter, the station provides a WiFi workstation for four people and solar laboratory for students during the day. Two batteries extend the charging capacity on cloudy days and into the night with vibrant LED lighting and data loggers track station use. The researchers will assess the impacts of this solar charging station, including intensity of station and shared vehicle use, travel patterns, and modes and trip types being replaced with two-wheeled electric mobility. This integrative project represents innovations in mobility, charging station design, and solar energy.

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