25 responses to The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy
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    Debbie H
    Comment on Love it (July 31st, 2013 at 08:35)

    Love it

    If it went as fast as the motor scooter I bet it would sell by the hundreds. I would love to have a two seater if it was street legal.

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      GLEN K
      Comment on STREET LEGAL (August 1st, 2013 at 15:03)



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    Kevin L.
    Comment on The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy (July 31st, 2013 at 08:55)

    What an interesting idea! Dont know if the wider Amish church would accept it as it’s self propelled, but being battery powered it is limited in distance, so they might! Again, what an intereting concept!

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy (July 31st, 2013 at 08:55)

    This is really cool. But imagine very expensive to own as well.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy (July 31st, 2013 at 09:20)

    I wonder if he has any plans for a solar powered sleigh? Winter driving is always a problem in the snow belt. 🙂

    Alice Mary

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    Sandra Kathleen
    Comment on Great! (July 31st, 2013 at 09:32)


    How interesting and what a great idea…there would be a market anywhere for this…e.g., golf carts, wheelchairs, etc.

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      Carolyn B
      Comment on The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy (July 31st, 2013 at 14:59)

      S.K., I’m a wheelchair user and I was plotting from the second I saw today’s post. I haven’t even seen the videos yet.

      I’m thinking that Larry needs to do a ramp entry, and as a back-up, connect a hand-bike to a generator to assist the solar powered panels.

      Erik, I know, I know, I’m racing down the track on my favorite hobby/high horse. 😉 Have a great day.

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy (July 31st, 2013 at 09:34)

    I have had a few rides on both of Larry’s inventions, the green buggy and the black one. Both roam the streets of Pinecraft in the winter months.

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    City Slicker
    Comment on Solar Powered Vehicles (July 31st, 2013 at 15:28)

    Solar Powered Vehicles

    It will be interesting to see whether such vehicles would be accepted/adapted by the Amish as keeping the Ordnung. We probably shouldn’t expect an imminent announcement …
    At the same time I see other issues, most notably whether States would see these as motor vehicles and “revenue streams” requiring licensing/registration/insurance. Fully electric powered and hybrid cars are all considered motor vehicles.

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    Comment on horseless solar-powered buggy (July 31st, 2013 at 16:10)

    horseless solar-powered buggy

    QUITE A NIFTY INVENTION — My question is, how does it compare to a regular golf cart? Except for the fact it’s solar-powered (that’s a plus right there). Cute idea, and you can still keep the “Amish” look, too, and give the horses a rest. 🙂

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    Dali Castillo
    Comment on Interesting (July 31st, 2013 at 17:05)


    It will be interesting to see where this idea goes, or if it goes.

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    Comment on The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy (July 31st, 2013 at 17:11)

    This article made me think about how time and change have affected various Amish people and subgroups at perhaps 50 year intervals.

    2013 versus 1963
    1963 versus 1913
    1913 versus 1863
    1863 versus 1813
    1813 versus 1763
    1763 versus 1713
    1713 and back to the original — I think — split from the Mennonites by followers of Jakob Ammann in 1693 (interestingly, the split primarily seems to have occurred in Southern Germany, Alsace-Lorraine and Switzerland, of which areas I’ve been able to trace a good portion of family, particularly Alsace-Lorraine; I haven’t had Amish relatives or ancestors since the mid-1800’s, but sometimes I wonder about that family “fact.”)

    I wonder how much the lives of the “general” Amish people differed at each of these half-decade points; would life as one’s parents or grandparents even be recognizably Amish by the younger generations, and did older generations even contemplate the shifts that would mold and split the Amish communities even more in the future? What was the dress like at each point, what areas were the Amish inhabiting, and how well were they accepted by the English? Was their manner of dress ever indistinguishable from that of the English, and when did it begin to stand out so greatly as it does today? What technologies, liberties, or teachings of various Amish churches or districts were once considered to be entirely inappropriate, that now have been adopted, and how do different generations among today’s Amish view the norms, mores, and Ordnungs of years past? What changes may be adopted in the future — and, will those changes have an impact on the sustained existence of the Amish people, culture, and religion?

    I think it’s difficult for those of any generation — whether Amish, English, or whatever — to truly comprehend the past as it was lived by their predecessors. I believe it’s likely equally hard to imagine what life will be like for one’s descendants. I’m sure someone, somewhere, has published books and research papers on these topics, but I guess what I’d love to come across someday is something concise, illustrated (via drawings and permitted photographs), and really read an explanation. I love those sorts of things.

    Well, I hope this made sense. And, I hope those Amish who use horse-and-buggies don’t give them up! So many fine standardbred (and many other) horses find such good “second careers” as driving horses, I’d hate to see that lost.

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      Comment on The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy (August 1st, 2013 at 10:47)

      This is really interesting to think about Sadie. Over which interval had Amish life changed the most? I am at first tempted to say the latest, but really the first 2 or 3 saw some pretty big changes in terms of popular technology. Then there are the religious changes going on during different periods.

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    City Slicker
    Comment on Solar Powered Buggies (July 31st, 2013 at 17:11)

    Solar Powered Buggies

    Another consideration would be the economic impact of solar powered buggies on the [horse] manure market.
    Fewer horses = less manure
    Less manure = decreased [limited] supplies
    Decreased [limited] supplies = higher prices

    Although I guess the politicians could debate everything, and thus keep the market up …

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      Comment on For real? (August 1st, 2013 at 13:15)

      For real?

      Is there really a market for horse manure, or are you just being facetious?

      If there really is a market for that stuff; I’ve been sitting on a gold mine and didn’t know it!

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        Alice Mary
        Comment on The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy (August 1st, 2013 at 13:28)

        OldKat, I’ve seen (and purchased) what’s labeled as “composted manure” for many years, to apply to my garden. I’m not sure if it’s equine or bovine or what, but it is COMPOSTED. Maybe ’cause it won’t “burn” plants as readily as un-composted manure? That’s just a guess–maybe someone else would know better than I.

        Alice Mary

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          Comment on "ewe-poo" is superior (August 2nd, 2013 at 06:41)

          "ewe-poo" is superior

          If you’re in the Central Illinois area, try “ewe-poo”–claimed to be the very best for gardens. Available at the farm supply stores.

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        City Slicker
        Comment on Old Kat: "For real?" (August 1st, 2013 at 14:11)

        Old Kat: "For real?"

        My tongue was firmly in cheek, Sir — except for the last line about politicians being able to supply any manure market!

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    Comment on Sun in their eyes (July 31st, 2013 at 18:22)

    Sun in their eyes

    I am not convinced of this in Amish circles, and I know as well as anyone else, I am not Amish. It might come to it one day, this or some future alternative, say if there was some unforeseen horse extinction. Humans like and love horses so I don’t think we’re going to see the end of the species generally, and I doubt we’ll see the Amish drop living breathing horsepower for solar horsepower.

    It’s just too, mmm, I don’t know, not-Amish, although I know some Amish have solar panels on their farms for various reasons, but I can’t imagine an Amish family scooting about some back-farm place with little to no noise instead of the familiar clatter of hooves.

    I admit it is a logical alternative for use Englishers, but the big auto companies and big oil forbid it, so, yeah (sorry for going all conspiracy buff on you, I really am not a conspiracy buff, the Lennon joke in the Rockome post was just a fluke and not an indication of my mistrust of your American government or my Canadian one)

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      Comment on No conspiracy buff ... (August 1st, 2013 at 12:05)

      No conspiracy buff ...

      I am not a conspiracy buff either. I will say this though; people probably SHOULD look at government (all government) with a jaundiced eye. Has anyone seen ANYTHING that ANY governmental body has done lately that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy about government in general? Have you seen anything from government that makes you go … hmmmm, about government? I know I have seen plenty of the later, but not much of the former.

      I don’t think it is so much a conspiracy of government as it is a philosophy that says that WE work for THEM, instead of the other way around. So don’t feel bad about being skeptical of government; IMHO mostly they have EARNED that skepticism.

      BTW: The “Amish” horseless carriage is pretty neat, no doubt about it.

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    Comment on ? Link to local TV clip abt horseless Solar-powered buggy (July 31st, 2013 at 23:13)

    ? Link to local TV clip abt horseless Solar-powered buggy

    I can’t access any clips from the article but, had intended to share this after I saw it on the local news.


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    Sandra Kathleen
    Comment on Thoroughbred Compost (August 1st, 2013 at 18:11)

    Thoroughbred Compost

    Here in Lexington, KY, the company that markets straw to a horse barn will pick up the waste straw (and manure). Which they compost and sell as Thoroughbred Compost.

    Where I think the horseless Solar-powered buggy might fit in with Amish is in areas where small parcels of land (10 acres or less) that would not allow for the humane keeping of horses and a viable agricultural living. Five to ten acres would allow an industry built around herbs, lettuces, and market gardening…maybe even intensive fruit growing done in cordons.

    The thing is, I don’t exactly see something like a golf cart having enough torque/ horsepower to pull much of anything to much effect…it also makes me wonder how much attention individuals get as a result of invention…which I thought was somewhat counter to Amish practices??

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    Comment on The Horseless Solar-Powered Buggy (August 8th, 2013 at 17:05)

    This “buggy” reminds me of Amish technology and how it can develop in parallel with conventional technology.

    Imagine if, for whatever reasons, the internal combustion engine was never invented but society otherwise progressed. We could well have seen “cars” like this being invented and filling our roadways.

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