Travel Green

EconoTeque offers bikes, trikes, cars, charging stations, and mobile power grids that utilize multiple sources of green energy. 

ECONOPOWER CHARGING STATION AND  MOBILE POWER GRID

The EconoPower Charging Station is an off-the-grid, standalone charging station can be used to charge the EconoBike

The Mobile Power Grid is an off-the grid, standalone power system which can function as a main or backup power system for homes, local hospitals, and a neighborhood.

The Mobile Power Grid can be enhanced to provide: local cable TV and internet service, telephone and cell phone service, remote health services and satellite schools. Local jobs  are created in the areas  of assembly, installation, and maintenance. 
 
 The Mobile Power Grid can be used in a myriad of applications such as disaster relief, military maneuvers, law enforcement, rural electrification, contingency power, uninterrupted power (UPS) and remote or operations. Mobile Power Grids have been produced for the US military and the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The Mobile Power Grid is commercially available. The EconoPower Charging Station is not yet commercially available.

BENEFITS

Both the EconoPower Charging Station and the Moble Power Grid utilize wind, and solar energy. Both systems exhibit the following characteristics:
  • Their electrical infrastructure is less expensive than the regular power grid because they do not depend on a single point of energy distribution.
  • Their use of multiple points of energy distribution allows the systems to be placed as close as possible to their intended electrical load.
  • Their affordability makes it feasible to have several charging stations serve a single electrical load, vastly increasing the reliability of the power system.


THE ECONOBIKE

The Econobike offers consumers a powerful form of green transportation in a compact, affordable package. This electric bike allows riders to travel up to 20 miles on a single charge of its 24V battery pack.​​​

The bike is pictured on the right. It specifications are shown below.

SPECIFICATIONS

The standard EconoBike comes equipped with 26' wheels, a battery rack which can house two 24V battery packs, and a high-powered 450W, 470RPM DC motor capable of climbing hills. It can reach a maximum speed of 20mph, and allows the rider to alternate between full electric power and pedal-assist mode.

The EconoBike is capable of carrying two 24V, 10A, 240W rechargeable battery packs on its rear rack. These battery packs are easy to attach and remove, and can be charged using the EconoPower Charging Station, or other compatible power source.​​ The standard EconoBike can be customized to fit the customer's needs.

THE ECONOTRIKE

The EconoTrike is a three-wheeled vehicle capable of transporting one to four people. It can travel and average distance of 220 miles at an average  speed of 65 miles per hour. The vehicle is pictured on the left. Its specifications are shown below.

SPECIFICATIONS

Width: 39" (5" narrower than a Honda Gold Wing)
Length: 8'6" long, allowing it to park perpendicular to the curb.
Height: 61"
Ground Clearance: 4"
Weight: 3,326 lbs.
Distribution: 43/57 (percent front/rear)
Battery:
1,000 Headway 10Ah 38120S Energy Cells, or 8Ah 38120P Power Cells. They are configured 10 in parallel giving 100 or 80 Amp hours respectively, and 100 in series, producing 320 Volts nominal. The range is 100 miles at 70 mph on level freeway or up to 120 miles at 60 mph. The power cells give slightly better acceleration, however at a range penalty of 20%.
A 60 kWhr pack of Wide Energy Cells is under development, and almost complete. It will give a 200-mile range at 70 mph, or up to 240 miles of range at 60 mph or less.
Nominal Voltage:
320 V with Headway Cells; 245 V with Wide Energy Cells. Wide Energy cells were used by the X-Tracer, the winning X-Prize team for the Alternative Category. They worked extremely well for power and only warmed up 1°C after 30 minutes on a simulated grade on a dynamometer at Argonne National Laboratories.
Battery Weight, including box and lead ballast: 1299 lbs.
Charging:
40 amp on-board charger with new J1772 conductive coupling. Compatible with all new public charge stations. (Compatibility with CHAdeMO and other fast chargers, under development)
Steering:
Rack and pinion with Cadillac CTS collapsible steering column and Momo Corse steering wheel
Front Suspension:
Unequal length A-arm with coil-over Carrera shocks.
Rear Suspension:
Trailing arm with coil-over Carrera shocks.
Controller:
Zilla Z2K motor controller, providing up to 2,000 Amps at 350 Volts (600 kW).
Designed by Otmar Ebenhoech at Café Electric LLC in Corvalis, OR., and now manufactured by Manzanita Micro in Kingston, WA.
Motors:
2 Advanced DC FB1-4001 9" motors, one driving each rear wheel, with over 3,000 ft-lb of combined torque at low rpms. 8,000 rpm redline.
Transmission:
2 direct drive gear boxes designed by Bert Transmission of St-Constant, Quebec, the leading manufacturer of dirt circle track race car transmissions. 10 available ratios from 2.92:1 to 5:1. Standard ratio is 3:1. Splined axles can be easily locked together with center sleeve.
Hubs/Wheel Bearings:
As used on the Mazda Miata.
Wheels:
Konig alloy wheels: 14 x 6 front/15 x 6.5 rear, 4-100 bolt pattern, now also available with 16" x 7" wheels, front and rear.
Tires:
Toyo Proxes T1R: 195/45R14 front; 215/45R15 rear, also Yokohama S-Drive 195/40R16-W front, and 215/40-16 rear.
Brakes:
Mazda Miata calipers with Hawk HP Plus (rear) and HPS (front) pads. AP Racing master cylinder and Wilwood pedal assembly.
HVAC:
12,000 BTU Vintage Air air conditioning system driven by variable speed AC motor for predictable climate control. 3,000 W electric heater for instant-on, powerful heating.
Seating:
Tandem Sparco custom bucket seats with 4-point aircraft pilot harnesses on attached structures. Passenger straddles the front seat and harness structures which do not interfere with the passenger's knees.
Storage:
3 Passenger and a few bags of groceries with rear seat installed. Removed, it allows 2 very large suitcases and a large briefcase with the driver's seat in extended position. (Rear seat with harness structure is removable through rear hatch.) Multiple compartments for smaller items.
Headroom:
39" driver and 3 passengers.
Trailer Hitch:
Accepts standard 1.25" hitch for towing generator cart for extended range. Front hitch for moving airplanes.
Range:
100 to 120 miles at 70 mph or 60 mph on relatively level freeway respectively, with Headway Energy Cells.
200 to 240 miles at 70 mph or 60 mph on with 60 kWhr Wide Energy cell pack.
Cost per Mile:
Electricity is under 2 cents per mile in the Northwest, approximately 4 cents per mile average in the U.S. (based on $.05 and $.10 cost per kWhrs respectively).
Acceleration:
0 to 30 MPH, 12 seconds. The prototype EconoTrike is thus quicker 0-30 than a Carrera GT, or a good percentage of smart cars costing over double the price of one.
1/4 mile time recorded at 12.255 seconds at 60 mph on May 28, 2017 at Spokane County Raceway with no special preparation to the car. The Headway cells were a mixture of 640 Power Cells and 360 Energy Cells.
Top Speed:
Approximately 80 MPH. We have not tested the T600 for top speed. Redline of 8,000 rpm with 3:1 gears would be 85 mph.
Note: Projected performance specifications will vary depending on final weight, gearing, tires, and batteries used. Acceleration figures assume a properly-prepared drag strip.

THE ECONOVEHICLE

The EconoVehicle is a lightweight, compact electric car currently available. It has been designed to be an affordable form of transportastion that will help to solve current traffic problems.

The EconoVehicle can travel an average distance of 220 miles at an average speed of 65 miles per hour.

The vehicle is pictured on the right. Its specifications are shown below.

SPECIFICATIONS

Width: 39" (5" narrower than a Honda Gold Wing)
Length: 8'6" long, allowing it to park perpendicular to the curb.
Height: 61"
Ground Clearance: 4"
Weight: 3,326 lbs.
Distribution: 43/57 (percent front/rear)
Battery:
1,000 Headway 10Ah 38120S Energy Cells, or 8Ah 38120P Power Cells. They are configured 10 in parallel giving 100 or 80 Amp hours respectively, and 100 in series, producing 320 Volts nominal. The range is 100 miles at 70 mph on level freeway or up to 120 miles at 60 mph. The power cells give slightly better acceleration, however at a range penalty of 20%.
A 60 kWhr pack of Wide Energy Cells is under development, and almost complete. It will give a 200-mile range at 70 mph, or up to 240 miles of range at 60 mph or less.
Nominal Voltage:
320 V with Headway Cells; 245 V with Wide Energy Cells. Wide Energy cells were used by the X-Tracer, the winning X-Prize team for the Alternative Category. They worked extremely well for power and only warmed up 1°C after 30 minutes on a simulated grade on a dynamometer at Argonne National Laboratories.
Battery Weight, including box and lead ballast: 1299 lbs.
Charging:
40 amp on-board charger with new J1772 conductive coupling. Compatible with all new public charge stations. (Compatibility with CHAdeMO and other fast chargers, under development)
Steering:
Rack and pinion with Cadillac CTS collapsible steering column and Momo Corse steering wheel
Front Suspension:
Unequal length A-arm with coil-over Carrera shocks.
Rear Suspension:
Trailing arm with coil-over Carrera shocks.
Controller:
Zilla Z2K motor controller, providing up to 2,000 Amps at 350 Volts (600 kW).
Designed by Otmar Ebenhoech at Café Electric LLC in Corvalis, OR., and now manufactured by Manzanita Micro in Kingston, WA.
Motors:
2 Advanced DC FB1-4001 9" motors, one driving each rear wheel, with over 3,000 ft-lb of combined torque at low rpms. 8,000 rpm redline.
Transmission:
2 direct drive gear boxes designed by Bert Transmission of St-Constant, Quebec, the leading manufacturer of dirt circle track race car transmissions. 10 available ratios from 2.92:1 to 5:1. Standard ratio is 3:1. Splined axles can be easily locked together with center sleeve.
Hubs/Wheel Bearings:
As used on the Mazda Miata.
Wheels:
Konig alloy wheels: 14 x 6 front/15 x 6.5 rear, 4-100 bolt pattern, now also available with 16" x 7" wheels, front and rear.
Tires:
Toyo Proxes T1R: 195/45R14 front; 215/45R15 rear, also Yokohama S-Drive 195/40R16-W front, and 215/40-16 rear.
Brakes:
Mazda Miata calipers with Hawk HP Plus (rear) and HPS (front) pads. AP Racing master cylinder and Wilwood pedal assembly.
HVAC:
12,000 BTU Vintage Air air conditioning system driven by variable speed AC motor for predictable climate control. 3,000 W electric heater for instant-on, powerful heating.
Seating:
Tandem Sparco custom bucket seats with 4-point aircraft pilot harnesses on attached structures. Passenger straddles the front seat and harness structures which do not interfere with the passenger's knees.
Storage:
3 Passenger and a few bags of groceries with rear seat installed. Removed, it allows 2 very large suitcases and a large briefcase with the driver's seat in extended position. (Rear seat with harness structure is removable through rear hatch.) Multiple compartments for smaller items.
Headroom:
39" driver and 3 passengers.
Trailer Hitch:
Accepts standard 1.25" hitch for towing generator cart for extended range. Front hitch for moving airplanes.
Range:
100 to 120 miles at 70 mph or 60 mph on relatively level freeway respectively, with Headway Energy Cells.
200 to 240 miles at 70 mph or 60 mph on with 60 kWhr Wide Energy cell pack.
Cost per Mile:
Electricity is under 2 cents per mile in the Northwest, approximately 4 cents per mile average in the U.S. (based on $.05 and $.10 cost per kWhrs respectively).
Acceleration:
0 to 30 MPH, 12 seconds. The prototype EconoTrike is thus quicker 0-30 than a Carrera GT, or a good percentage of smart cars costing over double the price of one.
1/4 mile time recorded at 12.255 seconds at 60 mph on May 28, 2017 at Spokane County Raceway with no special preparation to the car. The Headway cells were a mixture of 640 Power Cells and 360 Energy Cells.
Top Speed:
Approximately 80 MPH. We have not tested the T600 for top speed. Redline of 8,000 rpm with 3:1 gears would be 85 mph.
Note: Projected performance specifications will vary depending on final weight, gearing, tires, and batteries used. Acceleration figures assume a properly-prepared drag strip.

Customers will also be able to choose from a variety of rim face plates when customizing their EconoVehicle. These rim face plates (pictured on the right) are designed and manufactured by a member of the Living Learning and Working Consortium.

 AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

EconoTeque together with other consortium members are planning to develop an autonomous vehicle. Sketches are pictured on the left.