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May 29, 2007

Solar-Powered Electric Scooter

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Don Dunklee (below), a Rite-Aid store manager in Davison, Michigan, built it.

According to Bob Parks, in his book "Makers:All Kinds of People Making Amazing Things in Backyards, Garages, and Basements," it took 80 hours and cost $3,300.

"Every day the owner drives it ten miles round trip to and from his job. During the commute, the four 30-watt solar panels fold neatly to the side; when he arrives at the drugstore parking lot, they unfurl and soak up the rays like a big prairie sunflower."

He notes that his kids, ages 18, 20, and 22, "don't want to be seen with it."

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Dunklee's made the plans available here in case you'd like to build your own.

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