Go-Ped Scooters: 2010 Review

by Tracy McGill •

So what’s a Go-Ped? Go-Ped is a line of scooters, electric, gas and human powered, designed and manufactured by Patmont Motor Werks. With their award winning technology, Go-Ped scooters are geared for the short distance commuter interested in reducing their carbon footprint. Manufactured in Nevada, the founders of Go-Ped are dedicated to providing jobs for Americans and supporting domestic manufacturers …


A Round-Up Of 100% Electric Cars

by Justin Thomas •

Electric Cars Making A Comeback in 2011

See our updated report on Electric Cars In 2011. At MetaEfficient, I am a strong advocate of car-free living (see my review of the books How To Live Well Without Owning A Car and Car-Free Cities). However, clean, electric vehicles can be useful in some situations. If you recharge them using a renewable energy source such as solar power, they …


The Vectrix 100% Electric Scooter

by Justin Thomas •


The Vectrix is a 100% electric scooter that is available for sale in the U.S. This bike goes 62 mph, has a claimed range of 68 miles, and it accelerates faster than most cars at the stoplight. The Vectrix is powered by a low-mounted, 3.7 kilowatt NiMH battery pack that re-charges to 80 or 90 percent of capacity in two …


Aptera Test Drive A Success!

by Justin Thomas •

It’s the Aptera — a futuristic car that has generated a lot of buzz lately — and with good reason — the Aperta is a very, very efficient vehicle (just check out the video: you’ll see what I’m talking about). The car’s head-turning design has a purpose: the shape is highly aerodynamic (much like a jet). It ready available for pre-order, …


Volvo Unveils A Plug-In Hybrid

by Justin Thomas •

Volvo is unveiling an innovative plug-in hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The ReCharge Concept is a specially designed Volvo C30 with individual electric wheel motors and batteries that can be charged via a regular electrical outlet. When fully charged the Volvo ReCharge Concept can be driven approximately 62 miles on battery power alone before the car’s four-cylinder 1.6 Flexifuel …


Lithium-Powered Electric Car Now Available In U.K.

by Justin Thomas •

See our new review of Electric Cars In 2011 This month sees the launch of the Elettrica, the first production electric car on the UK market with the option of a lithium power supply. The car is said to provide almost twice the range of other small electric cars at 70 miles. Lithium-ion batteries are more commonly found in laptops …


$30,000 Electric Car For 2009

by Justin Thomas •

Miles Rubin, founder of Miles Automotive Group, wants to build an all-electric car that costs $30,000. It would be a zero-emissions vehicle with a top speed of 80 miles per hour and a range of 120 miles. Basically, the idea is to have this electric car compete head-to-head with a conventional sedan like the Camry. Rubin’s company already builds low-speed …


Electric Motorcycles

by Justin Thomas •

There’s increasing interest in electric motorcycles these days. Just like other electric vehicles, electric motorcycles don’t generate any emissions and are quiet. They and can go 30 miles on 5 cents worth of electricity. You may have seen the electric motorcycle featured in Popular Mechanics recently. Not long ago, the electric Killacycle set a world speed record, and another speedy …


WindSpire: An Attractive Wind Turbine For The Home

by Justin Thomas •

A Nevadan company, Mariah Power, has launched a unique wind turbine for the home, called the WindSpire. The turbine is rated at 1 kilowatt, and it has a thin design — it’s only two feet wide, but 20 feet tall (see a photo here). The color is also customizable — suggested colors are: Milky White, Forest Green, Sky Blue, Stop …


Aerorider: A Sporty Electric Trike

by Justin Thomas •

From Amsterdam comes this sleek and aerodynamic electric trike. The Aerorider is a fully enclosed (and ventilated) semi-recumbent trike that comes an electric-assist drive. It has a 28 mph cruise speed, and the ability to overcome hills without breaking into a sweat. The single bucket seat supports your entire body placing you in a position to comfortably focus on pedaling. …