s o l a r t r u c k
Mid April 2016 I acquired a solar powered truck. I'm documenting the whole experience here.
The truck is named Martin (or Marty) after the wooden keyring for the truck (which was after the name of the father of the woman I bought Martin the truck from). Martin the truck is a Kei Truck
size Mini Truck. It was manufactured by a company based in southern California called Dymac in 2008. The only information I can find about them is this autoblog article from 2008
and the archive of their website
. The EValbum profile for the truck is here
Trips & Reports
~ David Boyd and I driving to San Francisco from Mountain View
. We barely made it. Dave pushed me and the truck over the top of this overpass because the truck had conked out on the way up. What a journey, what a photo.
~ Liz Crawford took this video
of a little truck ride at the studio
~David unloading the plants we picked up for work
. This was fun because we pulled right up to the door. The truck is so small and quiet I can sneak up right next to the bike rack.
> 8 6v AGM batteries
> 48v solar panel system on the roof
> backup 15A, 110v plug-in charger
> batteries charge from empty in 6 hours of FULL sunlight. Reality it's more like 2 days of real-life sun
> supposed 50 mile range in full sun. Practical range of ~30 miles in partial sun
> legally restricted to traveling at 25mph on roads of 35mph or slower (in most states)
> compressed air braking system plus parking break. No regenerative braking
> radio with broken tape deck
> bed sides fold down