Can You Create a Super Capacitor E-Bike?

The answer is… sort of? The issue, obviously, is that super caps are designed for quick charging/discharging, not long range applications.

But in this fascinating and informative video, Tom Stanton scratch-builds an electric bike motor and a power bank of 8 400 farad super caps (supplying 11881 Joules). That sounds like a lot, but as you’ll see in the video, not when it comes to powering a bike.

But things start to look more promising when he connects his power bank to another e-bike with regenerative braking which allows the caps to recharge while cycling.

This was only meant to be an experiment, not an attempt at building a truly usable e-bike, but further experimentation to see how far this concept could go might be interesting.


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