I decided to build my Mostly Printed Electric Bike for two major reasons:
- I wanted a senior project where I could push the bounds of my knowledge while also growing what I know
- I wanted a lightweight powered vehicle to get around my new hilly college campus at WSU Pullman
My design criteria was that it could travel on walking paths and the road, be relatively fast, be electric powered to minimize noise complaints and avoid the college’s fuel storage rules, be able to charge in my dorm room, and finally be capable of long distant trips to the neighboring town of Moscow Idaho should the need arise. After coming up with several ideas i decided on building either an electric longboard or an electric bike. I decided on the electric bike due to its higher stability at high speed, smaller turning radius, and higher potential for large battery storage.