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May 29, 2007

Solar-Powered Electric Scooter


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."


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

May 29, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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