13 responses to Amish Buggy Solar Panel

  • Tom in Kentucky
    Comment on Amish Buggy Solar Panel (January 21st, 2013 at 09:07)


    This post certainly causes me to wonder if we may see the first Horseless electric Amish buggy in the near future.

  • Katie Troyer
    Comment on Amish Buggy Solar Panel (January 21st, 2013 at 09:30)

    Yesterday I had a ride in just such a buggy, made in Arthur and brought down to Pinecraft. I posted about it on my Pinecraft/Sarasota blog.

  • Comment on Amish Buggy Solar Panel (January 21st, 2013 at 10:25)

    Well, I see now I’m too late. Haha!

  • Alice Mary
    Comment on Amish Buggy Solar Panel (January 21st, 2013 at 13:07)

    I hope they don’t give up horses—you still can’t get “free fertilizer” from a solar powered battery! However, I’m thrilled to see any new “solar-powered” devicethat could help get us off the grid.

    Are there solar powered wheelchairs? Lawn mowers? It’s a sunny day here today (though bitterly cold & windy) and I’m looking out the window at my 5 ft. high fence, drenched in sunlight. Hmmm…think of all the electricity you could generate if al fences had solar panels?

    Great post. Stephanie, Katie,thanks for the info as well!

    Alice Mary

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  • Don Curtis
    Comment on Amish Buggy Solar Panel (January 21st, 2013 at 13:11)

    Solar panel on buggy roof

    I asked Mark about this. He said that there is one boy in the community who has a buggy with a solar panel in the roof to charge the buggy battery. He had it made in Holmes County rather by the local buggy maker in Belle Center. Mark charges his buggy batteries with a solar panel as well. But Mark’s solar panel is mounted on wooden skids and is located outside of the barn. He also has two solar panels wired in-line to charge his c-pap machine battery.

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  • Tom Geist
    Comment on Amish Buggy Solar Panel (January 21st, 2013 at 14:56)

    Electric Buggies....

    I would assume that if they went to electric buggies the government is going to want the drivers to be licensed just like all of us English folks. Then they will have to have auto insurance, vehicle registration, seat belts and fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror. =)

    These ‘simple people’ won’t be simple any longer.

  • Ed
    Comment on Amish Buggy Solar Panel (January 22nd, 2013 at 06:09)

    Actually, this brings up some interesting questions.

    1. Have some Amish already “given up” on horses? For example, those who work in RV factories in Indiana. Are they commuting to work via horse and buggy from rural homes? Or do some live closer to town and walk to work, or ride a company-provided shuttle bus, or some other method?

    2. I’m aware that some “lower” Amish (Andy Weaver, Swarzenruber) forbid riding in cars save for emergencies. Do higher orders have such bans, or is it simply the tradition to use horses? If there was a technology that power relatively slow moving transportation device with solar or wind energy or other off the grid means, could Amish adopt it? The Segway comes to mind — at 12mph slow, but extends the range which one can walk. No driver’s license required and capable of being powered by solar.

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    • 1. There is less use in some communities, to the point that travel to church becomes the primary use of the buggy. This is probably most prominent in those few settlements that permit use of tractors on the road. Kevin Williams of the Amish Cook recently had a nice post on such a settlement in Kansas: http://www.oasisnewsfeatures.com/amish-on-the-plains-part-i/

      Amish at Guthrie, KY would probably fit this description as well. Another category would be businesspeople such as builders who do a lot of travel with a driver.

      2. I think the horse is so tied into tradition and Amish identity that it will remain the primary means of road transport. There may be other vehicles that “make sense” that become permitted around the edges (in the most progressive settlements or limited use situations) but the horse is so ingrained that I don’t expect it will go anywhere as long as the Amish remain “Amish”…historically abandoning the horse has correlated to leaving the Amish for higher churches so there is a lot of symbolic weight in the decision to put aside horse travel.

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