An old Kawasaki, some batteries and a solar charging system - check out the latest in alternative-powered home builds
YOU'RE LOOKING at a home-built, solar-powered electric motorcycle, constructed using an old rolling chassis from a Kawasaki GPz900R.
The owner, Kyle Dansie, of Utah-based company ZEVUtah, purchased a defunct old Kawasaki Ninja from eBay for £250 and transformed it into a solar-powered vehicle capable of hitting 55 mph with a 50 mile range.
Over the course of half a year, Kyle set to work painstakingly restoring the bike and retrofitting it with a 72 volt drive train powered by 6 batteries.
Kyle says the bike's cost around £2500 to convert and has taken around 200 man hours to complete. His company can build to order - Kyle can be contacted through his website - click the link at the foot of this page.
ZEVUtah solar-powered GPz900R specs
72 volt system
6 batteries of 12 volts each
85 amp hour deep cycle batteries from Trojan
PMG 132 motor rated at 7000 watts
Altrax 300 amp controller
Top speed 55 mph
Range 40 to 50 miles
Energy usage 120 watts per mile
Weight 520 pounds
Looking for more information? Go to the ZEVUtah website:
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