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Inventor Develops Solar-powered Motor Scooter

Peter Fuhrman, the Chairman & CEO at China First Capital, shares his excitement over a Chinese-developed electric motor scooter.

Published: 29-Dec-2010

Is this the zero-emissions green vehicle of the future? For the masses, possibly not. For me personally, maybe so. It’s a battery-powered electric scooter, with solar panels for recharging during daylight hours.

I’ve become a big fan, and a minor authority, on battery-powered electric scooters. I’ve owned a few. A Chinese-made electric scooter was my primary form of urban transportation while living and working in Los Angeles until moving to China last year.

Though I never saw another one on the road in LA, I’m a passionate believer in this mode of transport. In China, electric scooters are almost as common as passenger cars, with upwards of five million sold every year. The streets and sidewalks are crowded with them. They run on lead acid batteries, the same kind used in car batteries.

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