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.
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.