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TdS Report #15: Team Profiles: Climate Cooler II, La Clean Machine, Rocket Runner


Tony Locricchio is the CEO of Personal Electric Transport (PET) and he is back
with his one-person vehicles. This year PET has teamed up with the United
Nations Environmental Programme and the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. "We were invited to
LA to develop and manufacture vehicles. That has resulted in a close
relationship with the union. In fact we will be partnering with them to
manufacture the vehicles in the United State and reduce dependence on Arab oil.
It will the first time a union will have joint ownership of a business. The
union members who are here will be driving electric vehicles from the Pentagon
to Ground Zero to pay their respects. They lost members in the World Trade
Center collapse."


There are 3 different PET vehicles registered. "Climate Cooler II is different
in the way that it is fueled. We will have here the first prototype of our
quick-change station that would be along the highway." A standardized battery
pack will allow for quick change into scooters, cars and buses. The larger
vehicles simply take more battery packs. "Change takes 30 seconds for the
scooter; 5 minutes for the bus. Everything is on rollers."


"The Rocket Runner, our standup vehicle is probably the biggest breakthrough, a
short range commuter vehicle. It is very much like the `Segway' that rocked
the world a while ago, except you can buy about 10 of ours for the price of one
of theirs. It uses 3 wheels with a very innovative front wheel, direct drive
system."


Vehicle Name Climate Cooler II
Vehicle Number 8
Category ONE-PERSON VEHICLES
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name UNEP / PET
Organization Personal Electric Transports Inc.
City Kailua
State HI
www http://www.PersonalElectric.org
No People in Project 10
Time to Build 2 years
Who Built private group
part of school curriculum? No
Vehicle Manufacturer PET Prototype Moped
Vehicle Model Year 2002
Vehicle Reg Moped
Vehicle Type Class One Person
Vehicle Type Division Production
sale price $2,500
motor kW continuous 4.15 kW
motor kW peak 10 kW
motor manufacturer Advanced DC Motors
motor type Brush DC
Energy Storage Manufacturer Personal Electric Transports
Energy Storage System PbA
Batteries parallel
Battery Personal Electric Transports/PbA
Battery 18 cells/ parallel/ $150
Battery various/ 36 V/ 150 lbs
battery voltage 36 V
battery blocks 18 cells
battery watt hrs various
battery weight 150 lbs
battery cost $150
control system manufacturer Curtis
regenerative braking? Non-regen
charger on board? Off board
Conversion Pre-Prod Prototype
body material Fiberglass body
frame material Steel frame
Length both L: 6 ft/ 0 in
Width both W: 2 ft/ 8 in
Height both H: 4 ft/ 0 in
# seats 1
Weight pounds 330 lbs
Mfg GVW 305 lbs
lbs of persons 250
lbs of cargo 150
brake front type Front Disc
brake rear type Rear Disc
No of Passengers 1
number of tires 2
tire manufacturer Not Available
Range miles 50 miles
Program blurb This is the first time that the United Nations
Environmental Programme (UNEP) staff team is
participating in an event like the Tour de Sol.
The UNEP will ride a clean air scooter intended
to provide basic transportation for daily
commuters around the world, protecting the
environment at a cost that allows real challenges
to Global Warming causes. The LA International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18 is
teaming with UNEP to make this statement that the
world can drive environmentally friendly
vehicles.



Vehicle Name Rocket Runner
Vehicle Number 31
Category ONE-PERSON VEHICLES
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name UNEP / IBEW Local 18
Organization Personal Electric Transports Inc.
City Kailua
State HI
Vehicle Manufacturer PET Prototype Moped
Vehicle Type Class One Person
Vehicle Type Division Production
motor type Brushless DC
Battery n/a/
Length both L: 3 ft/ 6 in
Width both W: 2 ft/ 8 in
Height both H: 4 ft/ 5 in
# seats 1
Weight pounds 60 lbs
Program blurb Entered by the United Nations Environmental
Programme and the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers, Local 18, this three wheeled,
stand-up vehicle allows rider visibility in even
the heaviest traffic. It folds to half it's size
in 5 seconds! Quick-change batteries. $800
retail.



Vehicle Name La Clean Machine
Vehicle Number 2
Category ONE-PERSON VEHICLES
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name IBEW/Local 18/PET
Organization Personal Electric Transports Inc.
City Kailua
State HI
No People in Project 10
Time to Build 2 years
Who Built private group
part of school curriculum? No
Vehicle Manufacturer PET Prototype Moped
Vehicle Reg Moped
Vehicle Type Class One Person
Vehicle Type Division Prototype
sale price $2,500
motor kW continuous 4.15 kW
motor kW peak 10 kW
motor manufacturer Advanced DC Motors
motor type Brush DC
Energy Storage Manufacturer Personal Electric Transports
Energy Storage System PbA
Batteries series
Battery Personal Electric Transports/PbA
Battery 18 cells/ series/ $150
Battery various/ 36 V/ 150 lbs
battery voltage 36 V
battery blocks 18 cells
battery watt hrs various
battery weight 150 lbs
battery cost $150
control system manufacturer Curtis
regenerative braking? Non-regen
charger on board? Off board
Conversion Pre-Prod Prototype
body material Fiberglass body
frame material Steel frame
Length both L: 6 ft/ 0 in
Width both W: 2 ft/ 8 in
Height both H: 4 ft/ 0 in
# seats 1
Weight pounds 330 lbs
Mfg GVW 305 lbs
lbs of persons 250
lbs of cargo 150
brake front type Front Disc
brake rear type Rear Disc
No of Passengers 1
number of tires 2
Range miles 50 miles
Program blurb For the first time, the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Local 18, working at Los
scooter with the most advanced quick change
system in the world. They are teaming with the
United Nations Environmental Programme to make
the statement that the world can drive
environmentally friendly, low cost vehicles made
in the USA.



"Last year the Micronesians took home the Greenest Vehicle award. It was a big
thing back home. In Washington that vehicle is going to be presented to the
Ambassador from Micronesia. It will be installed in their national museum."


PET is also working on what they call the "Sparky Bus", which will use the
quick-change station. The drawing I saw had the seats lined up back-to-back
down the middle, on top of the battery box, and a line of 4 doors on each side
to make entry and exit easy. "It will also be able to run over an inductive
power-way in the road, and it will have a trolley pole so it can operate as a
trackless trolley."


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The complete set of Tour de Sol Reports for 2002 can be found at:
http://www.AutoAuditorium.com/TdS_Reports_2002
The complete set of past Tour de Sol Reports can be found at:
http://www.FovealSystems.com/Tour_de_Sol_Reports.html
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The above is Copyright 2002 by Michael H. Bianchi.
Permission to copy is granted provided the entire article is presented
without modification and this notice remains attached.
For other arrangements, contact me at +1-973-822-2024 .
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For more on the NESEA Tour de Sol, see the web page at
http://www.nesea.org
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Official NESEA Tour de Sol information is available from the sponsor,
the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) at
413 774-6051 , and 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 , and
[email protected] . All media enquiries should be addressed to ...
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