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Solar-Powered Power Wheels

July 22, 2012

My little girl just keeps getting bigger, and she’s almost the right size for a Power Wheels ride on toy. A while back I got one for free – it didn’t have a battery or charger, so it didn’t run. I also had a Harbor Freight 45-watt solar panel kit. It dawned on me that […]

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Toys as cultural markers?

June 28, 2011

I’ve often said that that we don’t have a technological problem when it comes to clean transportation, we have a cultural problem. A typical home-built electric car, running on lead-acid batteries (100-year old technology) will go 40 miles on a charge. That’s enough to meet the needs of the average American daily commute. The trouble […]

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