E-V Sunny: Bicycle Powered by the Sun

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The E-V Sunny bicycle has photovoltaic panels built into its wheels, powering a 500-watt motor on the front hub. Perched atop the rear wheel are its 17 amp/hour batteries, which are charged by solar energy.

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Its Canadian developers say the motor can propel this bike at speeds of up to 19 mph without even peddling. That must be a hell of a motor, because the bike, including batteries and motor, weighs 75 pounds. The company says it's now taking orders for delivery in September, with the complete bicycle costing $1295 (Canadian) or $795 for a retrofit kit. Almost looks too good to be true.

Product page [via Treehugger]

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