Golf cart vs ATV
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Why did we choose an electric
golf cart over a gas powered ATV?
We had an old Isuzu 4 wheel
drive truck that may have been in the saddest shape any truck has ever
been in. It was only 400 dollars, and we were short on cash at
the time and thought we could nurse it back to being a decent farm
truck. The problem was our location. Being new in town made it
difficult to coax a mechanic to make a house call, which is what was
needed when the truck broke down in the middle of the driveway.
The country was still
recovering from Hurricane Katrina and fuel prices were reaching record
levels. It felt like we had to get ready for a future where gas would
cost as much or more than what folks in Europe were paying. Maybe I was
reading too much information on Peak Oil speculation. I'm not sure what
to believe when it comes to that subject amymore, and in retrospect the
decision may have been partially based on a fear of running out of
I realize if gas prices go
through the roof then electric rates would more than likely follow, but
the plan was to do what several people on the internet were doing which
was to use solar cells to charge the golf cart.
Another deciding factor was Anna's
comfort level. I was pretty sure the golf cart would be less
intimidating than driving a truck through troubled waters mixed with a
bit of dirt.
It may have been more
practical to choose an ATV, but sometimes the path less traveled
yields the greatest rewards.