Title

Analysis of an Electric Bicycle Conversion

Presenter Information

Amber Strand

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Green, Electrically Powered, Versatility

Abstract

This is an investigation into the feasibility and practical use of the electric conversion of a standard bicycle while keeping the ability to return to a manual situation. By simply applying a motor to the front wheel of a bicycle, attached to a battery pack and a throttle, it is possible to convert a plain bicycle into a primitive electric motorcycle. While a plain bicycle is already green and environmentally friendly, some of us need that extra help in getting to our destination faster and easier. While the motor is attached to the front wheel and the pedals are already attached to the back wheel, conversion between the two is simple and easy, allowing versatility for the user. Thorough testing will be needed to determine how long a fully charged battery can be used before recharging is necessary. While wide distribution of pre-made kits are available, building and testing these kits will help determine the actual practicality of using a kit and the potential of becoming useful and simplistic enough to be used by the average American.

Poster Number

24

Faculty Mentor(s)

Nathan Davis

Department/Program

Engineering Technologies, Safety, & Construction

Additional Mentoring Department

Engineering Technologies, Safety, & Construction

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Analysis of an Electric Bicycle Conversion

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

This is an investigation into the feasibility and practical use of the electric conversion of a standard bicycle while keeping the ability to return to a manual situation. By simply applying a motor to the front wheel of a bicycle, attached to a battery pack and a throttle, it is possible to convert a plain bicycle into a primitive electric motorcycle. While a plain bicycle is already green and environmentally friendly, some of us need that extra help in getting to our destination faster and easier. While the motor is attached to the front wheel and the pedals are already attached to the back wheel, conversion between the two is simple and easy, allowing versatility for the user. Thorough testing will be needed to determine how long a fully charged battery can be used before recharging is necessary. While wide distribution of pre-made kits are available, building and testing these kits will help determine the actual practicality of using a kit and the potential of becoming useful and simplistic enough to be used by the average American.