Solar Impulse 2 – The Bikes Chasing the Airplane

Dean Sigler Electric Powerplants, Sustainable Aviation 1 Comment

Solar Impulse 2, now preparing for its imminent attempt at an around-the-world voyage, has made three flights in Abu Dhabi, one maintenance test to check operation of the huge craft, and one training flight each for the adventure’s pilots, Andre’ Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. In almost every video of HB-SIB’s takeoffs and landings, two or three cyclists can be seen chasing the Solar Impulse, causing one curious viewer to ask EV World what kind of bikes they are.  Of course, they are electrically-enhanced, fitting the project, and Swiss, part of Solar Impulse’s national pride. The Stromer bicycle is an advanced machine, with a rear wheel-hub motor, removable battery pack, and connectivity through a smart phone interface.  There is some conflict …