Montana Electric Car Owners Enjoy Freedom from Oil

Titus and six other electric-car owners, enthusiasts, developers and dealers drove their vehicles in downtown Bozeman on Friday in a parade-style display to promote electric vehicles.

Published: 14-Jul-2007

Sick and tired of relying on foreign oil, Steve Titus fought high gas prices his own way: He developed a solar-powered electric car.

“The bottom line is it gives me energy independence,” the Bozeman resident said. “I don't have to rely on oil anymore.”

He can drive his vehicle, known as the Solar Bug, which he designed and manufactured himself, up to 20 miles a day on free energy provided by the sun. If he needs to plug in for a charge, it costs him a little more than a penny a mile.


Tesla Motors, a four-year-old Silicon Valley start-up, has raised $60 million and spent $25 million developing a two- seat Roadster that will sell for between $85,000 and $100,000.

There are so few green 'stars' at the British International Motor Show this year because there doesn't seem to be that much demand for them. Pictured is Axiam microcar similar to electric version debuted in London this week, along with Smart EV.

The plug-in hybrid could provide most all of the benefits of the electric car with few of it disadvantages. Pictured is 1912 Detroit Electric.


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