Almost everyone has encountered motorized scooters and bicycles when walking through a city. They're a fairly convenient mode of transportation for someone who wants a quicker commute, but doesn't want to worry about parking. These vehicles have their drawbacks though. They're typically noisy, and they have to be fueled with the same gasoline that goes in cars, which produces pollution, albeit in smaller amounts than an automobile.
However, Solar Electric Scooters, Inc. (SES) has produced a solar-powered scooter, which runs off a photovoltaic panel and a lithium ion battery. The scooter produces zero emissions when running off energy from the sun, and when the weather is cloudy, it can be plugged into a wall outlet. If there isn't an electrical socket nearby, the battery detaches and can be carried anywhere.
On a full charge, the scooter has a range of 20 miles and can reach speeds up to 15 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds.
SES is trying to raise money to bring their scooter to the mass market through a crowd-funding campaign on When You Wish. The list price of the vehicle is a little high – purchasing one will set you back $2,100 – but it's easy to imagine making that money back by saving on gasoline and transportation costs.
The company will give scooters from the first production line to anyone who donates $1,500, which amounts to a pretty steep discount considering the sticker price.