Yes… you read right.. LEAOS have launched an electric bike that is solar powered.
We were all thinking it – but now Italian manufacturer Leaos has done it. No more range anxiety with their solar powered cycle.
It’s stunning to look at of course; but don’t let it’s minimalistic, angular design fool you into thinking that this machine is simple… just peruse the features:
Carbon-fibre, monocoque frame
CNC milled wheel adjustment – very similar to some motorbikes
Discrete yet powerful, built-in LED lights
11.6 AH integrated and removable battery pack at 2.2 KG
Mid-engined – with 10 levels of PAS
Disc brakes, front and back
Enclosed and integrated chain
Nuvinci automatic transmission
But to be fair the range is around 20Km – having said that there’s a LED indicator on the handle bars, and if solar isn’t enough, you can power it by ‘conventional power source’.
Of course, for all this tech there’s a price to pay and Leaos have put a number on it… €5900 (before any features like rear rack, carbon fibre mudguards etc). Even the Solar panel itself is additional. Here’s what I came up with:
- Frame outside: Black gloss
Overall then. Stunning design and execution but not for the faint hearted in price, and do spend some cash on security, because you’ll be leaving it outside to charge 🙂