Monday, July 19, 2010

Solar powered vineyard buggy

Another year another vineyard buggy! (see 2008 and 2009 for previous models). However I am delighted to report that this year’s model has been a huge success and is definitely here to stay. The design team (Clark père et fils) will be able to move on to a new project next year!

The 2010 version straddles a row which obviously gives a much wider, more stable, wheelbase as well as leaving plenty of room for all the required motors and batteries. But the biggest advance is the addition of a solar panel which constantly recharges the batteries. Despite the twin 300 Watt electric motors I have only recharged the batteries once all year.

Here it is in action:


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