This solar-powered bike isn’t bullet proof but its Batmobile-like design is certainly superhero worthy. It is a moped that has a movable shell casing — inspired by the armadillidiidae, or pillbug — that is completely covered with solar panels. Grab your bike, jet through the city, then close the solar covering and the entire surface of the bike absorbs the sun and powers itself while your away.
All those hours your motorcycle is left parked under the baking sun, it could be powering up. That’s the idea behind the Batmobile, solar-powered motorcycle, a prototype design that debuted at New York’s International Auto Show in June and took home the prize for best innovative technology. The bike’s 3.1 square meters of armadillo-looking solar panels soak up the sun’s rays while it’s parked, then retract to reveal the driver’s seat when it’s time to go. The solar cells alone would allow it to reach speeds of up to 30 mph and a tavel up to 50 miles.The bike was designed by Barcelona-based design firm Guimeràicinca as a concept car of the future. With the current number of charging stations in short supply, you can let your vehicle charge itself with the sun.The curved body of the bike is retractable; when you hop off at your destination it fans open and the full array of solar panels are revealed. When you are ready to hop back on they fan closed and reveal your seat. The design of the panels allows it to look great while fanned open and closed. Read more: Solar-Powered Batmobile Concept Moped Is a Charging Machine | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World