Publication Detail

Exploring Solar Charging Station Design for Electric Bicycles


Research Report

National Center for Sustainable Transportation, BicyclingPlus Research Collaborative

Suggested Citation:
Ferguson, Beth (2022) Exploring Solar Charging Station Design for Electric Bicycles. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-22-43

Electric bicycle charging facilities that support active mobility and public transit connectivity can play a significant role in the global transition to low-carbon energy. Design of an electric bicycle solar charging station can combine solar technology, light transportation infrastructure, and civic place-making to provide the public an opportunity to recharge their mobile electronics, e-bikes, or e-scooters. The proposed station design reimagines public space by providing a shaded seating area during the day and a vibrant, LED-lit space at night. Four solar panels and a battery bank extend the station’s charging capacity into the night. The goal of this project is to serve as an off-grid energy power supply and environmental information center, with interactive displays of the solar station operation and an LED display of local air quality.

Key words: solar energy, electric bike, EV charging station, renewable energy