Bavara's car had broken down, we needed a second vehicle and wanted to avoid another petrol car. New electric cars were still too expensive for a second vehicle. I read an article in my RENEW alternative technology magazine about two companies in Australia selling scooters that were usable in the Byron Shire.
I had tried riding a push bike here from our home at Tyagarah to Mullum, Byron or Brunswick but it feels very dangerous on these roads without a bike track. These scooters are can drive 80kmh with the two of us on it. This means no car needs to overtake us on these country roads and it feels much safer.
They have a range of 90-130km which is enough for us to get around in the Shire. We have used it this year a lot and it is fun. The weather predictions nowadays are so exact that we have avoided rain so far. We plug it into the charger at home for 3-4 hours depending on how far we have travelled.
We have solar panels and 80% of our rides are charged though our own solar. We also have a Green Power electricity plan for the house so that means all the trips are 100% charged with renewable energy.