Go Back   EcoModder Forum > AltModding > Alternative Transportation
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-28-2010, 01:07 PM   #101 (permalink)
Alaskavan
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Haines, Alaska
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My Tadpole

TerraTrike Zoomer, stretched 18" to acomodate engine. Lifan engine with internal CVT running to a sproket on a left-hand freewheel (so the engine and the pedals are totally independent). Rear wheel custom built by The Wheelmaster. Speed - cruises at 30 -40mph all day long, even with a passenger and loaded trailer (I rode it from Seattle to Ocean Park WA a few years ago). Cost - I spent about $3,000 on it, but could do it again for about $2,000.

Suspension would be nice.

Click image for larger version

Name:	101_0678_1.jpg
Views:	94
Size:	124.2 KB
ID:	7444

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 11-28-2010, 06:18 PM   #102 (permalink)
Tricycle Terror
 
SanctaRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 27
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Amazing! What a thoroughly practical trike I really like that, - in fact I wouldn't mind having a go at gathering together several old bicycles from under the house and seeing if I could build something similar
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2010, 08:30 PM   #103 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Christopher Jordan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Santa Cruz, CA.
Posts: 871

White Whale - '03 Chrysler Town & Country mini van all white
Thanks: 69
Thanked 44 Times in 39 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alaskavan View Post
TerraTrike Zoomer, stretched 18" to acomodate engine.

Suspension would be nice.
That is excellent! I thought stretching frame length would affect steering more, but people here have done the same thing as you (on an old sociable tandem trike frame). It is almost 9 feet long and a small gas motor was bolted on.

I built mine from 2004 to 2005; but it has a plain very shrouded factory trike frame with the fairing lowered and stretched and a hub motor.

I also miss suspension. Maybe someday!! Congrats!!
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2010, 11:52 PM   #104 (permalink)
Building the future! :-)
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: orlando
Posts: 177
Thanks: 2
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
If 30 is the goal, piece of cake, like Alaskavan said, stretch a proven design (look at atomiczombie's designs) like the one in the pic.
drive one side of the wheel with the pedals, and the other with a 50cc lifan

If the budget were, say 3k (4 tops for the first one) one could easily do REALLY nice trike, with fiberglass body and canopy.

I could build such a beast at $30 an hour plus parts
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2010, 10:19 PM   #105 (permalink)
Tricycle Terror
 
SanctaRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 27
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
I've just found this link for the 'Electrathon' and I thought it might be of interest.....

HS-1 Construction Instructions

  Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2010, 10:24 PM   #106 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Elmira, NY
Posts: 1,750
Thanks: 311
Thanked 346 Times in 290 Posts
The Bicycleman.com sells electric motor kits and a wide variety of recumbents. Fairings by Zzipper or Muller are available to fit recumbents and upright bikes. These are starting points off the shelf. Another possiblity is to stretch the frame on a 50cc ATV and add a cab. The Blue Sky racer is a great chassis but still a little low slung for traffic.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 02:51 AM   #107 (permalink)
Tricycle Terror
 
SanctaRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 27
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Some of those little 50cc ATVs would be a good source of parts for a Velomobile type vehicle. Stretching one out and fitting a cab? - now there's a thought
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2022, 01:45 PM   #108 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
Bicycle Bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: N. Saskatchewan, CA
Posts: 1,754

Appliance White - '93 Geo Metro 4-Dr. Auto
Last 3: 42.35 mpg (US)

Stealth RV - '91 Chevy Sprint Base
Thanks: 90
Thanked 434 Times in 308 Posts
I found this old thread while trying to look up the weight of a go kart, and possible street conversions. I'm still looking for recent examples.
However, germane to the OP's question, I have a strong interest in cars that weigh less than they carry. I built a velomobile that successfully integrated the suspension into the frame https://www.compositesworld.com/colu...mobile-history and then got interested in doing one with an engine to get 400 MPG. This is not likely to happen without a building partner who is also expert at getting permits to use it. There's a minimum seat height for trikes here.
Anyway, I have a dandy engine if someone can put it to good use. It is from a Honda Quad, with 125 CC horizontal cylinder, reverse, and electric start. 75 lbs.
__________________
There is no excuse for a land vehicle to weigh more than its average payload.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2022, 02:32 PM   #109 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
freebeard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: northwest of normal
Posts: 24,751
Thanks: 7,002
Thanked 7,886 Times in 6,453 Posts


I picked up at #83 where they're talking about the Bug-E in 2008. In the interval, we have Arcimoto cranking out 6 FUV a day. My VW panel van weighed as much as a Beetle (1750lb?) and had 3/4 ton [rated] axles.

The motor I have is a Lexus axle, 95lb and 68HP. There's nothing to do with it absent the controller and 400V worth of battery. It's comparable to the FUV [twin-motor] drivetrain but with an open differential.

__________________
.
.

Without freedom of speech we wouldn't know who all the idiots are. -- anonymous poster

____________________

Back in my day there was so much toilet paper and eggs that we would throw them at the houses of our enemies

____________________
  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Electric car conversion: Project ForkenSwift MetroMPG Fossil Fuel Free 1041 07-28-2014 10:19 AM
Small electric car company in Jackson Michigan jwxr7 Fossil Fuel Free 2 03-02-2011 06:27 PM
My First Electric car Experience WaxyChicken The Lounge 8 09-05-2008 09:46 PM
Earth Day Mini Alt Car Show bennelson EcoModding Central 1 03-12-2008 08:50 PM
Paul MacCready did the GM electric car DAN Aerodynamics 1 02-06-2008 10:05 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com