Dec. 21, 2006: The Davis Enterprise—Get Your Battery Running
Summary: "Think of it as Easy Rider meets An Inconvenient Truth. Or, maybe, the perfect Christmas gift for the environmentalist with everything.
A solar motorcycle.
Well, not solar, strictly speaking, but electric — with its battery charged by the solar panels on Rob Thayer’s Village Homes roof.
Thayer, a UC Davis professor emeritus of landscape architecture, recently purchased the custom motorcycle for $7,000 from electricmotorsport.com, an Oakland company that’s one of a handful modifying or building electric motorcycles."
This electric motorcycle will travel up to 60 mph for 30 miles between charges, making it a little more practical than neighborhood electric vehicles that will only go 30 mph.
And the neighbors must love it, too—they’ll never be awakened to the sound of a revving engine or backfire.