Last year’s CHARGE Around Iceland proved that range anxiety is not a real problem – even with the lack of fast charging stations. With the Ring-Road now fully connected with fast charging stations, we will have a new challenge to raise awareness of clean transportation and renewable energy.
The urban FOLKVÄNLIG Electric bike on rural Icelandic roads
Just like last year, the challenge will involve a vehicle designed for urban transportation but in this case, it will be the FOLKVÄNLIG electrically assisted bike from IKEA. Highway One in Iceland lies in a circle around our sub-arctic island (hence the name Ring-Road) and will need some pedalling up and down mountains in some challenging weather conditions.
Powered by the Sun…
The FOLKVÄNLIG bike will be towing a SLADDA bicycle trailer (also from IKEA) which will carry solar panels. These solar panels will be charging the batteries used for the ride.
…and a Guinness World Record holder
The other part of the propulsion system will be powered by the feet of Sushil Reddy, holding the Guinness Book of Records World Record of the longest journey on a solar powered electric bicycle. Sushil is the founder of the Sun PedalRide, a movement to create awareness about solar energy and clean transportation among the people. Sushil will begin his journey around Iceland in the week preceding CHARGE and speak at the conference on his experience and give some insights on communicating complicated matters in a simple, understandable manner.
About The Sun PedalRide
In the summer of 2016, Sushil Reddy undertook an initiative to talk to the people across India about solar energy by touring on a solar powered electric bicycle. With a team comprising of Krunal Tailor, Himanshu Singh and Rajendra Bhaskar, they went on a journey across north-west India passing through 9 states/union territories and 7500 kilometres while interacting with people in the cities, villages and towns on the route.
In addition to India, Sushil has taken the Sun PedalRide to France and to the USA where they rode along the West Coast, from San Francisco to San Diego.