Long Drive Solar LLC, a young progressive “green” transportation company based in Atlanta Georgia is using renewable energy to move through the economic blues currently plaguing our country and bring a new Green to the marketplace. Dealing specifically with solar?electric hybrid vehicles and electric LSV’s (low speed vehicles), Long Drive Solar is capitalizing on the current need for alternative and practical transportation options for everyone from individuals, Corporations, Municipalities and Governments around the country.
“Renewable energy and a “green” approach to transportation has become a tremendous focus for our society as a whole,” said J. Michael Wallace, President of Long Drive Solar. “The maturation of solar technology is progressing faster now than ever before. Using the Sun’s energy to supplement or completely power segments of our society has always been an attractive idea,” says Wallace. “Now with the development of vehicles incorporating solar in conjunction with electric drive we have a true “green” solution that is using renewable resources. In addition the vehicles are more powerful, have greater longevity and significantly improved performance when compared with comparable traditional electric vehicles.”
Long Drive Solar has partnered with multiple organizations to provide this new approach to transportation. Two of their largest partners are Cruise Car Inc. and Eco-Trans Alliance (ETA). Both Cruise Car Inc. and ETA are based in Sarasota Florida.
Cruise Car’s primary focus is the manufacturing of electric and solar-electric hybrid vehicles. Their portfolio of vehicles covers a tremendous range of configurations and uses. Cruise Car is the only manufacturer and distributor of solar?powered electric hybrid vehicles in the U.S.
According to Ken Chester, President of Cruise Car, "Because of their commitment to providing green vehicles and their expertise in tax credit legislation, Long Drive Solar is the ideal partner in helping our customers convert their fleet to solar electric transportation."
Eco-Trans Alliance is the second large partner that Long Drive Solar has chosen to work with. Eco-Trans Alliance was developed to address what has gone visibly wrong with transportation policy, practice and performance through much of the world over the last half of the twentieth century.
By developing a secure network of partnering technologies, along with our experts in renewable energy transportation, Eco-Trans Alliance, their partners and Long Drive Solar LLC are dedicated to creating a cleaner, more efficient and cost-effective method of low speed transportation.
“The social and economic focus of our society as well as the current administration has produced many opportunities for those looking to go “green” with their transportation needs” said Michael Mehrman, general counsel for Long Drive Solar LLC. “There are many federal programs available to those looking to purchase solar-electric hybrid vehicles,” said Mehrman, “ The cost of ownership of these new vehicles is a fraction of other comparable vehicles”. “With tax credits available for 2009 the actual “cost” of these vehicles can be as little as a few hundred dollars depending on your state of residence and ability to exercise the federal programs.” Mehrman continued, “ Long Drive Solar can provide guidance to the appropriate federal programs and credits that apply to these vehicles. Our clients can then do their due diligence and see how convenient and inexpensive it is to make the “green” conversion”.
“It’s organizations like SoutheastGreen.com that bring a lot of excitement to what we are doing” added J. Michael Wallace.
A low-speed vehicle (LSV) is a legal class of 4?wheel vehicles that have a maximum capable speed typically around 25 mph, and have a minimum capable speed (typically 20 mph) that allows them to travel on public roads not accessible to all golf carts or neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published safety guidelines in the United States, which apply to vehicles operating in the 20–25 mile-per-hour speed range. As of January 2007, twenty-five of the fifty states of the United States had passed legislation legalizing the use of low-speed vehicles on highways in the state. By 2009, nearly all 50 states allow LSVs, also called NEVs, to drive on their roads.
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