Monday, 25 July 2016

A car alternative

I heard a story today that apparently Henry Ford's wife used to drive an electric, but the electricity grid wasn't developed back then to make it a viable technology. It is now!

I am exploring ways of reducing the use of our car out here at the ecovillage - to move both people and things around. I ride my bike whenever I can, but there's times I need more space.

I came across this 6 seater golf cart which could be retrofitted with solar panels on it's roof to generate all the power in needs for local trips...seriously considering pursuing this. If I need more charge than this, I can plug it into my existing solar system at home.

Any other ideas?

I'm looking at getting a plug-in solar electric golf buggy for family use, workshops, education and giving tours of the ecovillage.


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  1. At best putting solar panels on the cart would help, but not actually give much charge. I can probably get hold of some panels for nothing 9or very little) and we could find some other gear (controllers, charge controller, etc and give it a go/ Maybe with Hugh? Maybe a car conversion workshop!

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    1. That sounds great! Can you lead a workshop like that?

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  2. Oops, how many volts is it? What does the BC rules say about carts on the BC roads? (Not roadworthy)

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    1. Good point - I will look into that. I assumed it was OK since we already have 2 here. Thanks!

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