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Solar Powerd E-Bikes: analysis of a sustainable mobility system by performing statistical analyses on end-user studies and solar bike use variables

Nijland, F. (2017) Solar Powerd E-Bikes: analysis of a sustainable mobility system by performing statistical analyses on end-user studies and solar bike use variables.

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Abstract:The research presented in this thesis analyzed the influences on the performance of the solar bike. The focus is on the energy production of the solar bike, the user experiences of the solar bike, and the consideration to use the solar bike for commuting. A conceptual model is setup with expected relations between different factors and performance variables. The influences they have on each other are evaluated to confirm or modify the model. For the different evaluations, three data sources needed to be combined. The method to combine these sources had to be created to do so. The evaluations carried out were mainly comparing data and performing correlation and regression analyses. Not all expected relationships were significant. On the energy production of the solar bike, solar radiation and bike parking strategies are the influencing factors. The user satisfaction is mainly influenced by crosswind hindrance, the suitability of the solar bike for commuting, and two attitudes towards to solar bike (that it creates flexibility and contributes to sustainability). The consideration to use a solar bike for commuting (the likelihood to buy a solar bike) is influenced by the user satisfaction.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/74413
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