We were really fortunate to catch the annual Electric Auto Association’s Silicon Valley Chapter www.eaasv.org electric vehicle rally!
For those who have a commute of less than 30 miles each way to work, there is a wide selection now of super innovative vehicles that cost pennies per mile and are environmentally friendly.
We start by looking at the Electric Motorsport bikes, scooters and even performance motor cycles www.electricmotorsport.com. Many of their products are Italian designed and offer a great deal of elegance for their value.
Another scooter company called www.Greenemotor.com offers American built electric scooters that are sleek, efficient and of course whisper quiet! They have a simple tag line: go 450 miles for $1.00!
Moving directly to the top end of the electric vehicle offerings, we discovered the www.TeslaMotors.com sports car that gets up to 250 miles per charge and can go from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds! The technical staff at Tesla told us that they’ve already sold out for the rest of 2006 and are taking orders for late 2007!
Do not adjust your computer monitors here, this is a concept car called the Tango www.commutercars.com (named appropriately for the two-seater back and front layout). The Tango can also race forward at 0-60 in 4 seconds, and with its modern and narrow design can maneuver and park in even the tightest spots. Apparently George Clooney owns and drives a Tango…something we’d love to see him drive up to the Oscars in!
Last but not least, and really you’re not going to believe this incredible feet of engineering and design - but here we have a solar powered, electric chariot that is actually pulled by a walking/rollerblading robot! If we didn’t see this vehicle running with our own eyes, we wouldn’t be able to describe it to you- but Bob Schneeveis of Emperical Engineering has really pulled it off! This two-legged, Terminator looking robot, was dressed as a Roman Centurian (with a George Bush head of course), and wears a sign that reads “Down on my luck, can you spare some gas?” Best of all, this vehicle moves with unbelievable speed, grace and a human-like style that will make you do a double-take!
We’re not quite sure what Mr. Schneevis’ production plans are for his highly functional solar powered chariot, but it really gives us such a warm feeling of hope to see what’s really possible out there! Have to also mention that Bob towed his Solar Chariot to the Electric Vehicle Rally on the back of his Sparrow myersmotors.com - which he charges at home via his solar panel arrays!
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