Solar vehicle is here to stay. Evovelo has designed the first fully enclosed solar vehicle. It is able to operate as a vehicle for transporting people and freight, all with minimal environmental impact thanks to its hybrid propulsion system (solar/electric/human) and the materials and processes used to manufacture its first model.
Evovelo is a Spanish company, located in Málaga. The vehicle, called Mö, has two seats situated laterally, with the option to add some cargo and/or one or two child seats. It can reach speeds higher than 50 km/h. Mö is built with sustainable materials.
The vehicle is powered by a battery, that is charged by the integrated solar panels. The user can enjoy some exercise thanks to the assisted pedaling. With a normal use (10-25 Km per day, which is the usual range in most cases) the CO2 produced is 0 KgCO2 / km, because all the energy comes from the sun. With intensive use (approximately 40 km per day) emissions will be as low as 0.001 KgCO2 / km or even lower depending on the source of electricity used to charge the battery.
Evovelo is a Cooperative Company borned within the social economy. It was founded by five people combining their knowledge and professional expertise to develop a new concept: a vehicle that transports people and goods, based on eficiency criteria, sustainability and environmentally friendly.
Solar vehicle benefits
As the Cooperative Company specifices, these are the benefits:
- A fully enclosed structure that provides great security and a comfortable space for the occupants and allows its use all year round, regardless of weather conditions.
- Up to 2 passengers seated in parallel (social) and variable amount of load and/or one or two child seats.
- Minimum environmental impact due to its efficiency and the use of sustainable materials.
- Very low purchase and maintenance costs.
- Due to its technical characteristics it can be registered as a tandem tricycle so it will ensure big savings on insurance and tax costs, also no license will be required to drive it.
- Its small size (2m long/1.4m wide/1.3m high) and its low weight (~85 Kg) makes it very easy to park and provides it great maneuverability.
- Range on electric mode: ~50 Kms. (depending on version).
- Removable battery that can be charged simply by plugging the vehicle or removing it to charge at home, at the office, etc.
- No need to charge the battery with moderate use
- Provides health benefits as it allows you to exercise during its use thanks to the assisted pedaling.
- It is designed to be sold as a ready-to-use vehicle or as a kit. That simplifies product distribution and international expansion of the company.
You can find more information at the official website.