Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Popular Mechanics samples the Venturi Eclectic solar buggy

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We first saw the aptly named Venturi Eclectic at last year's Paris Motor Show and the company has now brought one to sunny southern California. The sunny part is important since the roof is covered with photo-voltaic cells. If left parked in the sun all day it can absorb enough energy to extend the standard 30-mile range by an extra 4-5 miles. If a breeze is available the roof mounted wind turbine can purportedly add another 10 miles of range. Venturi hopes to start selling the first 200 examples of this neighborhood electric vehicle next spring for just over $30,000. The team from Popular Mechanics got to sample the Eclectic and have put up a video of the experience.

[Source: Popular Mechanics, thanks to Matt for the tip]

 

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