There are a lot of places in the world that don’t have great electrical grids but just about everywhere in the world gets at least a touch of sunlight. The Solar-E-Cycle is an electric bike that runs on solar power with the goal of helping people who live in areas that would be considered “off grid”.
There are a ton of people who live without much in the way of electricity, public transportation, or emergency services. This particular innovation leases out “bikes” that run on solar power for about a dollar a day in areas of the world that lack these amenities. Right now, their business model is focused on Africa where there is a huge need however, there’s no reason we can see more of this design in other places.
The bikes are still in prototype form but they have been rolled out for testers. They are called bikes but they look more like go carts with solar panels. They can get up to 50 km a day which could go a long way to helping out a lot of people. You can check out their website and Facebook page for more information.