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SOURCE NTS Works
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
The dream is to have a vehicle that can run on free energy delivered by the sun. The revolutionary NTS SunCycle delivers on that promise with a highly efficient solar panel that boosts human pedal power. The SunCycle has two wheels like a bicycle, but by design it aims to replace cars and trucks for short errands. The solar panel is integrated on an aerodynamic cargo hold that efficiently cuts through wind with almost no wasted energy. Solar energy and a rider's pedal power are blended together to propel the vehicle. Not only do riders save money and help the environment, but riders can control the amount of pedaling effort to achieve the perfect workout. Excess solar energy is stored in a new battery technology called the Lifetime Rebuildable Battery. When the sun isn't shining, the battery can be charged on any wall outlet and is large enough to provide an average range of 25 miles. The bikes electric hub motor can be controlled to provide more assistance when climbing hills and less assistance when descending. The rain-proof and lockable cargo container is large enough to fit eight bags of groceries or two airline carry-on suitcases.
Electric bicycle shops owners have told us they have a more than a 50 percent electric bicycle failure rate after the first year. With more than 200 million electric bicycles in use worldwide, this is a potential major environmental problem. The Lifetime Rebuildable Battery technology is significant because it can be rebuilt and upgraded for a lifetime of service. To show its safety and durability, NTS Works has demonstrated a car being parked on the battery. Universal battery packs with this technology will be made available for consumer purchase later this year.
Neal and Lisa Saiki are the founders of NTS Works, a start-up company based in Santa Cruz, Calif. They were the founders of Zero Motorcycles, the leading producer of electric motorcycles.
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