TUESDAY 06 JULY, 2010 |
Pterosail - Wind and Solar Powered Recumbent Bike
Pterosail Trike Systems is sailing and cycling across the USA in a solar power
assisted recumbent trike equipped with a patented sailing system.
The Pterosail's sail is placed forward of the rider and low to the ground. The
result is what the makers say is a safe, stable and easily-learned sailing
Street-legal in 50 USA states, Pterosail can operate in winds of up to 45
kilometres per hour and can be used without the sailing system.
Pterosails masts are made from carbon fiber, the spar from aluminium and the
vehicle is approximately 3.4 metres high and 1.5 metres wide. Total weight of
the non-solar powered version is around 40 kilograms.
The solar assisted version used for the journey across the USA stores power
generated from the wind and sun in deep cycle batteries to help with pedaling
when the wind subsides. The solar power system is also used to recharge small
devices such as cell phones and the panels act as an overhead shade.
Pterosail Trike Systems
is a family owned and operated start-up based in North Liberty, Iowa. Phil
MacTaggart of PTS was inspired to create the trike while riding a recumbent bike
on a windy day in rural Iowa and noticing how its low profile kept high winds
from slowing it down.
The "Rediscover America" trip is over four thousand, five hundred
kilometres long and began in San Diego, California on July !. The journey will
end in St. Augustine, Florida and depending on wind conditions, the crossing is
expected to last between six and eight weeks.
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