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TdS Report #25: Team Profile: TroutEV


I spoke with Dr. John Wright of Millersville University of Pennsylvania about
their electric motorcycle with the full faring that makes it look like a fish,
hence its name. "This is our third year of designing and building the TroutEV
for the Tour de Sol. The first year we built the frame and drive. Last year
and this year we have been retrofitting this shell, that total encloses the
driver, and the pair of stabilizer gear that comes down for low-speed
stabilization." The driver has a switch on the handlebar to drive the electric
ball-screw actuators that lower small wheels on either side. The side supports
can keep the vehicle from falling over. "If it on its side, there is enough
power to bring it right back up."


There is a little Sony Watchman monitor in front of the driver that is
connected to a tiny "lipstick" camera on the nose of the faring. "That gives
the driver total vision in the front. There used to be a bit of a blind spot
because the drive sits so low in the vehicle. It has the same function as a
rear view mirror; useful in `am I close to the curb' type of situation or while
driving around a city."


"The bike started as a Honda 1100 Shadow. We chopped it, extended it. The
Lynch motor that drives the shaft delivers about 65 horsepower."


"The aerodynamic drag coefficient is about 0.1, compared to a sports car which
would be 0.3 or 0.4."


The faring includes a wrap-around-and-over windshield. It struck me that the
driver might bake in there. "We are working on an air conditioning unit. We
have the hole cut in the faring, which will get a scoop and a fan blower
system. It does get a little warm right now, and we'll tint the windows."


The TroutEV won't be in the competing this year. "We are displaying, promoting
our program and supporting the Tour de Sol."


Vehicle Name TroutEV
Vehicle Number 64
Category ONE-PERSON VEHICLES
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Electric Motorcycle Research Team
Organization Millersville University NAIT Club
City Millersville
State PA
COUNTRY USA
www http://www.millersville.NAIT.Org
new this year? returning team and car
No People in Project 10
Time to Build 3 years
Who Built class club
part of school curriculum? Yes
Vehicle Manufacturer Purpose built scooter
Vehicle Reg Motor Cycle
Vehicle Type Class One Person
Vehicle Type Division Prototype
Vehicle Type Model Shadow Scooter
sale price N/A
motor kW continuous 21.2 kW
motor manufacturer Lynch (LEMCO) LM67 Supermotor
Energy Storage Manufacturer Deka
Energy Storage System PbA
Batteries series
Battery Deka/PbA
Battery 6 blocks/ series/ $950
Battery 6150 Whrs/ 72 V/ 414 lbs
battery voltage 72 V
battery blocks 6 blocks
battery watt hrs 6150 Whrs
battery weight 414 lbs
battery cost $950
control system manufacturer Sevcon
control system type Power Pak (fully programmable) 72-80 V, 600 A
regenerative braking? Non-regen
charger capacity 2 kW
charger current 20 A
charger input voltage 105-125 V
charger manufacturer K & W
charger on board? Off board
charger type Transformerless
Plug Type 10-30P
PV cell type Amorphous
PV manufacturer ICP Global Technologies
PV watts 4 W
Conversion Purpose-Built
body material Fiberglass body
frame material Steel frame
Length both L: 9 ft/ 6 in
Width both W: 2 ft/ 7 in
Height both H: 4 ft/ 6 in
# seats 1
Weight pounds 1100 lbs
Mfg GVW 970 lbs
lbs of persons 200
lbs of cargo 0
brake front type Front Disc
brake rear type Rear Drum
No of Passengers 1
number of tires 2
tire manufacturer Avon
tire model P 40/90-18, R 140/90-15
tire type Radial Low roll resist
Range miles 90 miles
Program blurb The Electric Motorcycle Research Team (EMRT) -
Millersville University of Pennsylvania is proud
to enter their electric super-cycle called the
TroutEV. The vehicle was designed to break the
Pb-acid powered two-wheel vehicle distance record
set back in 1995 by the Schiller Group (81)
miles.


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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 ...
Jack Groh
Groh Associates
[email protected] email
401 732-1551 telephone
401 732-0547 fax
401 952-0886 cell/pager
 
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