This commuter doesn't use a single drop of gasoline
Concerned about the environment, MIlton's Steve Shapiro bought an electric motorcycle for his nine-mile commute, hoping his new ride would spark a conversation about the environment.
But while Shapiro will certainly be seen as he zips to and from work in Canton, he won’t be heard: His Vectrix “maxi-scooter” is completely silent.
“When you accelerate, it’s ‘whoooosh’ and you’re gone,” he said. “That’s one thing that blows people’s minds.”
Shapiro bought the nearly $9,000, completely electric-powered “built-up Vespa” three weeks ago, not as much because of high gas prices but because of a desire to raise environmental and political awareness.
“I want people to see me on it,” Shapiro, who owns an after-school tutoring center, said. “I want people to ask me about it.”
Shapiro, who also has a Honda Accord, was part of the 17th “Ride to Work” day, when motorcycle owners are encouraged to use their alternative mode of transportation. While gas-powered bikes will be revving down the street, Shapiro’s silent scooter in motorcycle’s clothing will be gliding past the pump. According to the maker, it costs just a penny per mile to run.
“The thing is a total thrill to drive and I enjoy it,” he said. “Just riding it is so much fun.”
The scooter, which requires a motorcycle license, can be plugged directly into a wall socket, and after about 21/2 hours, it can be driven for 50 to 60 miles, with a maximum speed of 62 mph.
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