Brilliant: Three College Guys Open Solar-Powered Golf Cart Taxi Business
I love this and I could see it working in cities and towns around the world. I almost want to start one myself!
3 College of Charleston Graduates Start Solar-Powered Golf Cart Taxi Business
June 22–What started as a class project has blossomed into a unique business.
Last fall, while in their senior year at the College of Charleston, Matthew Coda, Jake Cotreau and Taylor Denny happened to be in the same entrepreneurship class with an assignment for different teams to come up with an idea for a new venture.
Denny had an idea. He wanted to start a solar-powered golf cart taxi business on peninsular Charleston.
After getting licensed by the town, setting up the carts on Erie Avenue in the proper zoning district, acquiring insurance and traveling to Blythewood near Columbia to wrangle with the state Department of Motor Vehicles to get license tags for each cart, the three entrepreneurs began serving customers earlier this month. They also had to work out problems with the Canadian company that provided the solar panels and secure investments from family members and friends.
The solar panels send power to a converter just above passengers’ heads. The power then goes to eight batteries under a seat.
The golf carts can generally go about 50 miles on electric-charged batteries. The solar panels add about 50 percent extra range.
“If we are rotating them all day, we don’t have to charge them at all,” Cotreau said.
Again, here’s their Facebook page.
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