This year it has not been not very easy to make good progress on my new LRSTT (Low Racer Solar Tilting Trike) due to Corona virus restrictions and business impacts.
One of the worst issues has been the long delay to get all parts I ordered in January/February from several suppliers (mainly from China).
The main parts I was missing were the new Solar Panels I ordered from Link Solar:
Even training has become really hard since here in France we had a very hard “lock down” for 2 months.
This means that it was not even possible to ride a bicycle for more than 1 km (!).
So I could only manage to perform very short tests around home, but nothing more.
As soon as the lock down was released (after mid may) I wanted to start doing some training with my new trike, even if solar panels didn’t arrive yet from China.
Usually in this period of the year I like to perform at least one (reasonably) long trip.
One of my preferred itineraries is going to Chartres.
This is a 156kms full circuit, with 1150m of altitude gain.
Here below is the GPS trace.
This is the AeroTilt !
As a test it was also important since it was the first time I was using the FULL fairing version “AeroTilt”: this stands for Aerodynamic Tilting Trike.
Here below are the main consumption statistics.
– TOTAL consumption (without considering regenerative braking energy recuperation) was 500wh: for the total distance this results on an average of 312wh/100km
– “regen” energy : 87wh (17% of TOTAL)
– NET consumption of 413wh (NET average of 258wh/100km).
These values are very interesting if we consider that in similar conditions with my battery (1450wh) I could cover theoretically a distance of 560km!