First ebike and photovoltaic cell in the United States

It may seem like ebikes and solar panels are new inventions but a little research proves otherwise. Did you know that one of the first US patents for battery-powered bikes was made in 1895! Yes, Ogden Bolton Jr. patented his electric bike that had its hub motor inside the rear wheel. The battery sat inside the frame triangle.

Photovoltaic technology was born in 1954 when Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller, and Gerald Pearson developed a silicon photovoltaic cell at Bell Labs. It was the first solar cell capable of converting the sun’s energy into usable electric power.