Student Builds Solar-power Motorcycle

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 29 (UPI) — A Purdue University student has created a street-legal solar powered motorcycle he says can carry a commuter for a penny a mile.

Physics major Tony Danger Coiro spent $2,500 redesigning and retrofitting the 1978 Suzuki bought for $50 to create the vehicle that has a top speed of 45 mph, a university release said Wednesday.

“The riding experience is surreal,” Coiro said. “I get instant, silent, constant acceleration that outpaces urban traffic. It’s like riding a magic carpet.”

The lead acid batteries that get power from the bike’s solar cells can also be charged by plugging into household current.

Coiro, along with two other solar-power vehicle enthusiasts, has started the Purdue Electric Vehicles Club to help like-minded students expand environmentally friendly transportation options.

“Purdue Electric Vehicles will encourage enthusiasm for, and knowledge and development of, electric vehicles by students and the community,” Coiro said.

Coiro is already designing a 100-horsepower motorcycle that will travel up to 100 miles per charge, top 100 mph and draw even more of its energy from the sun, he said.

“I’ve learned a lot building this first bike, and now I’m ready to make a game-changer,” Coiro said.

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