Reader Don Dunklee is doing his part to save the environment and free America from dependence on foreign oil. He's rigged up his EVT-4000E electric scooter to run on solar power:
After construction, there is no cost to operate this small vehicle. No fuel purchased, no pollution, no transfer of pollution by plugging in.I can't wait to see the next version, Don. More power to you.
...Plan is to ride to work and park bike, fold out panels. At end of day, fold panels and drive home. The charging is working flawlessly.
...I use about 20% to 25% of the charge riding to work and back. The math shows that I should seldom have to plug the bike in for charging (option still available during extended cloudy days).
Not a speed demon, however a dependable mode of transportation. I have 1,008 miles on the odometer. This is the first step to building a bit bigger bike based around solar panels for charging.