The New York artist has made a name fashioning bicycles. He’s back with a wild trike that has enough torque to throw you off the back. That’s exactly what happened the first time he fired it up.
“The first test ride was a virtual wheelie-fest that left its rider sprawled on the ground,” he said.
That kind of hooning, while fun, was a bit much. Hadar added an Alltrax programmable controller and tweaked the gear ratios to rein in the Mars Electric motor, which produces 4.8 kilowatts (6.4 horsepower) continuous and 15 kilowatts peak. Four 12 volt lead-acid batteries give the E-Trike a range of up to 30 miles. Hadar figures he could double the range with lithium nano-phosphate.
Everything’s bolted to a carbon steel frame. It rolls on a 20-inch front wheel with 26-inchers at the rear. The trike is 8.4 feet long — about the length of Smart — and depending upon the gearing she’ll max out at 45 mph. That’s gotta be fun.
Power comes from a 750-watt array of 6 solar panels mounted on the roof of Hadar’s studio, making this black beauty totally green.