They say that necessity is the mother of all invention, and Terry Hope decided to work on an electric scooter which could fit into a suitcase simply because of good ol’ red tape – he was told three years ago by a captain that he cannot bring anything aboard which could not fit into a suitcase. Of course, instead of purchasing a larger suitcase, he decided to work on an electric scooter that fit into one. His DIY solar-electric Kinetic Photovoltaic Vehicle (KPV) is now road-worthy, with a stock steel scooter frame as its base while being augmented by a range of hand-made and off-the-shelf parts. The batteries can be juiced up from the mains within three quarters of an hour, and the scooter has a range of around 13 miles per charge.Version 2 is in the works, and it will take a few more months before it hits the market. Way to go, Terry!
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