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Solar Scooter Charges Itself While Parked

Electric cars are one of the greenest ways to get around, but they lack a simple method for getting even greener by using solar charging to power them. And because of the size of the batteries on most electric vehicles, building a PV array sized big enough to fully charge them isn’t realistic for most owners.

But if your electric vehicle is small enough, using solar energy to power it means that you’re fueling it for free, forever. One such contender for a super-green urban commuting vehicle is this personal Solar Electric Scooter.

The Solar Electric Scooter is said to have a top speed of 15 mph, a range of 20 miles per charge, and a charge time of from 2 to 8 hours. The deck of the scooter has solar cells that power a 36V/15 Ah lithium ion battery, which can also be either removed for charging, or charged via house current while in the scooter.

This little machine can go from 0-15 mph in under 4 seconds, and carry a maximum load of about 300 lbs, so it’s not a little toy, but it’s small enough to thread its way through urban streets or find a parking spot for. And because it’s a scooter, it doesn’t require a license, registration, or insurance for it, which makes it much cheaper to maintain than an electric car.

Granted, this isn’t really a good fit for couples or families, but for solo runs to work or school, it could be the easiest, cheapest, and greenest way of getting a solar vehicle.

Right now, Solar Electric Scooter is available for pre-order for $1500 USD. See their website for more info.

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