Sushil Reddy, who started the SunPedal Ride initiative two years ago, along with his two IIT Bombay fellows – Renal Chheda and Anuj Karkare, has completed the 1321 km journey in U.S. from San Francisco to San Diego in California state.
The ride aims to promote the self-sufficiency of solar energy as a power source for e-bikes. Realizing the lack of solar energy awareness in India, Reddy began his e-bike journey in India.
He holds the Guinness World Record for riding more than 7400 km in India – the longest journey on a motorized bicycle. He made two more trips, one from Mumbai to Goa and another 2092 km in France.
After completing the U.S. ride, the group was invited to present at the Solar Power International (SPI) conference in Las Vegas, in September 2017.
At SPI, SunPedal met with pv magazine, where Reddy says that e-bikes in support with solar charging stations can mitigate effects of climate change by replacing fossil-run motorcycles and vehicles. He is planning to take more journeys – as e-bike helps direct interaction with people.
The following organizations have supported the U.S. SunPedal ride – A2B Electric Bikes, SolarEdge, Lava International, Exhibitions India Group, QOS Energy, Merlin Solar (Waaree), Fastrack, BridgeToIndia, and IIT Bombay.