Solar Electric Scooter Saves the Environment, Gives To Charity

It’s always interesting to see how a product differentiates itself from its competitors. Look at electric scooters, for example. The list is long. Here at Earthtechling alone we’ve covered many, including the portable and customizable MUVe electric scooter; the SSIKE mini-farthing; as well as the more standard Razor electric scoots. The latest, the Solar Electric Scooter, stands out in two different ways.

The first difference can literally be found in the name. The Solar Electric Scooter, or SES, is powered by—surprise!–a solar cell. The lithium-ion battery can be recharged by simply leaving the scooter under direct sunlight. If the weather’s not cooperative, owners can plug the scoot to the nearest 120V outlet. If such an outlet is not conveniently located, you can recharge the battery separately since it’s both detachable and portable. According to Solar Electric Scooter, it takes between 2-8 hours to recharge the battery depending on use.

Solar Electric Scooter

Image courtesy of Solar Electric Scooter, Inc.

Other significant features of the SES include a 20 mile range between charges and speeds up to 15 mph. It’s street legal, states the company, and does not require any insurance, licensing, or registration.

The second difference involves Solar Electric Scooter itself. The company has pledged to give $50 per scooter to its sponsored charities. They include Erase Poverty, which provides microloans in business startups; special interest group Friends of the Earth; fundraiser Green Wish; and the “Sock it to ‘em” campaign. The last one gathers and brings socks to the homeless.

SES also sponsors a program to provide its scooters to students with financial difficulties. Called “Giving Back”, a portion of the business’s net profit is set aside to finance the new vehicles.

Solar Electric Scooter is currently raising funds through crowd-sourcing via the WhenYouWish site. Normally each SES is priced at $2,100. Contributors to the fundraiser can secure the electric scoot for $1,500, $1,700, or $1,900. Other rewards include solar powered key chains, flashlights, and lanterns.

Joel Arellano is a writing professional for over two decades, working in such diverse industries as finance, aerospace, telecomm, and medical devices. He has covered the automotive industry for more than six years, and his articles and blog posts can found on at Autoblog, Autoblog Green, Automotive.com, motortrend.com, trucktrend.com, and automobilemag.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deirdre.mary.kelly Deirdre Kelly

    The cost is too high to really be attractive to a broad market and that makes me sad. Young children are purchasing electric scooters for $150 and it would be wonderful if someone could get this solar electric scooter cost down where it was affordable for the mass market…

  • tony vanmeeteren

    Deirdre their is nothing better than helping children. We entirely plan on offering a less expensive model down the road. This is one of our already planned on goals. When we started this marketing plan it was entirely based on schools and universities. We still have this plan of haveing student interns sell the scooters and for every scooter we will not only pay the intern but set aside %