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SunRed Moped is a Solar Armadillo

Mopeds never make heads turn, so Spanish design firm Guimeraicinca decided to do something about that. The SunRed moped concept is your typical low-speed two-wheeler, save for the retractable shell full of solar cells. The rider will simply pull the shell over the entire vehicle when parked, turning it into a dark grey solar armadillo of sorts. SunRed then soaks up the sun in this weather-friendly configuration.

After a long and tiring day, SunRed's shell opens up to accommodate the trip, the battery full from an entire day of charging. In this form, the moped looks like a streamlined cruiser, with curves that don't betray the vehicle's bare-minimum origins. Our only worry: won't the dark shell make it hard to see the SunRed at night?

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  • lordcrazex
    it feels like its gonna get pretty hot when ur inside it.. guess throwing in an a/c should fix that problem.. n another thing.. does this thing has a backlight?
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  • sinsear
    lordcrazexit feels like its gonna get pretty hot when ur inside it.. guess throwing in an a/c should fix that problem.. n another thing.. does this thing has a backlight?Why would it get hot when you're inside it? You're fully exposed to the environment when you're driving it...it's not like you're going to have the "shell" down when you're riding in it. It'll only be covered, and thus getting hot, when you're NOT riding it.
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  • Solar panels? Made of silicon? In Spain? No one of this Mopeds will last 2 seconds in a Spanish street. People will break it to get away with the solar cells to sell the bare silicon. Wellcome to Spain.

    A Spaniard
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  • archange
    Cool concept and rather cute :)
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  • braneman
    very interesting design if they can make it practical, and more importantly durable, aka it lasts long enough for you save on gas over the lifetime of the bike, I would be impressed.
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  • doive1231
    Atta boy Gurneyrinca, this is the type of product we need. Solar panels everywhere! As for the solar panels being stolen, don't drive it in Spain.
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  • arkanon
    People will break it to get away with the solar cells to sell the bare silicon? Where do you live?

    I'm Spanish, I live in Spain, I've been in many Spanish cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Zaragoza, Toledo...), and I've never seen people breaking and stealing solar cells.


    Regarding the bike, my only concern is how much does it take to recharge.
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  • weirdguy99
    Maybe a hybrid with a small amount of fuel would be nice, but that would probably complicate the entire vehicle. Also, the solar cells all face different directions, so only a portion will actually face the sunlight which reduced efficiency.
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  • ...and if you knock it over in the garage it will be a write off thanks to the cost of the solar panels, completely negating the environmental benefits.

    But I guess it will make the 'holy prius' crowd feel better about their lives in the meantime.



    *sigh*
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  • gm0n3y
    I was hoping that it would be drivable when closed with some sort of curved video display inside that would let you see outside. Of course at the speeds a moped is going, the improved aerodynamics wouldn't really help much.

    Also, I'll say it again, please put the word 'CONCEPT' in the title of these articles.
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