ATOMO: The Electric Bike ProjectLong-Distance Electric Bike created from 'cruft'
|1: Project Goals||2: Collecting Parts + Design||3: Build Process||4: Alternator-> 3 Phase Motor||5. Paint||5: Video & Test Footage!||Notes|
An electric Car would be Sweet. I got to play with all sorts of electric and hybrid vehicles over @ GM last summer, but affording one is another thing entirely. This project revolves around building an electric bike from scratch, paying as little as possible while having a range of 40 miles. Try finding an electric-hybrid bike that'l do 40 miles for cheap. a friend built an electric motorcycle, its awesome, and i needed one, albeit less motorcycle more bike. Being able to tool @ MIT made this all the more possible
(in electric assist
||I want to get places in a moderatley fast manner||9
|Being legal to drive||The transport should be legal enough so that i don't get recursively ticketed||1|
in less than 3 hours
||and have the charger on the cycle (portable)||8|
|Have a 1950's asthetic||I had the privledge of watching some friends play Fallout3, and i really liked the postnuclear asthetic. I wanted to find a way of shoving it into this project.||5|
|Sturdy Mechanical Stuff||if the cycle is going to travel 40 miles, it should actually do so without requiring constant maintainance||9|
|MAKE IT FROM MANCHESTER TO CAMBRIDGE||make it from my place of internship (NH) to Cambridge (MITERS). Without myself or the cycle dying (at a 40:60 ratio of biking to electric power riding)||9|
a small radioisotope based power supply for battery maintainance. (Beta
||Unfortunatley its very difficult to actually have a licence to do this, so i ended up having to abandon adding it to the cycle. Prototype reactors were built but not tested, due to lack of fuels||x|
The Real GoalsBeing Moderatley Different
Bikes arent new. DIY folks
have been at this since 1895 (First electric trycycle).
What I wanted was something that could travel a moderate distance (30 miles), and have 'safe' failure modes.
If a motorcycle drive train fails, you cant pedal it home. Same with most mopeds. With this you can. You can not only pedal it back, but in a motor failure case, you could remove the massive batteries, hide them somewhere, cycle home, pick up the pack later on.
moreover, while your cycling, your not driving a motor constantly, your only propelling the vehicle.
Way less mechanical drag = better ease of use, less wear
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Electrical & Electrical Power