Kibbutz Finds U.S. Market for Electric Mobility Scooters

Overweight Americans have started to pay big money for the electric scooters produced here by Afikim Electric Mobilizers, a collectively owned company that is a rapidly growing source of income for the kibbutz members.

Published: 27-Dec-2006

KIBBUTZ AFIKIM , Israel -- The obesity epidemic in far away America would seem to be of little consequence to members of this Jordan Valley collective, a holdover from the early Zionist communal farms whose residents shared everything and lived simply.

According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, about 30 percent of American adults are obese -- more than 60 million people, and counting.

That health crisis is Afikim's business opportunity.


The wheel robots, complete with their own suspension, remove the need for a drive shaft and even the engine block, freeing up designers to make new use of the space in the car.

There are about 30 members in the Florida chapter, and many own several of the vehicles.

Brent's Quadbrid tow-car and electro-dragster is the world's first fully sustainable race outfit. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association


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