BAR HARBOR – A street-legal solar powered Electric Car in Kit produced by Art Haines, a mechanical designer from Norridgewock, Maine, is about to become part of life on MDI. The Seal Cove Auto Museum, is partnering with the College of the Atlantic to purchase a SUNN EV kit that will enable students at COA to design and build a car in keeping with COAâ€™s mission to â€˜enrich the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy â€” human ecologyâ€™.
The SUNN EV, Sun Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, has a large solar panel mounted on the hood area manufactured at Applied Robotics Company, a new business started by Art Haines when he along with eight study-hall students from Skowhegan Area High School, developed, designed and built a two-seater prototype vehicle from scratch. To date, fourteen of the kits have been sold. One of those kits, a sedan with a trunk, is headed to an all-girls school in London, and another, a pickup, is on its way to La Grange, Texas. The SUNN EV delivered to the College of the Atlantic will be the fifteenth sold, and the first one on Mount Desert Island.
The presentation of the SUNN EV kit to representatives from C.O.A. will be the highlight of an event filled day at the Seal Cove Auto Museum on Saturday, August 21. Throughout the day, the Museum will feature its 1908 Rauch & Lange Electric and 1913 Kimball Electric cars and interpret the battle between electric, steam, and gasoline powered vehicles in the early 1900s. A lecture about the development of the SUNN EV by Art Haines is scheduled for 1:30pm followed by a lecture by Bill Drinkwater, Executive Director, E.V. Maine, at 2:30pm. Also scheduled is a showing of the documentary film â€˜Who Killed the Electric Carâ€™ at 10:30am.
In support of the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Chamber of Commerce â€˜Greening of the Quiet sideâ€™ initiative, an electric car recharging station, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bar Harbor, will be commissioned at the Museum, making this the second such station in the area, the other one being at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce in Trenton.
Electric cars and hybrids will be on display throughout the day. Visitors arriving in an electric, hybrid, or other energy saving conveyance will pay Â½ prices on regular admissions. Electric Car Day promises to be a fun and informative day for the whole family.
For further information, contact Roberto M Rodriguez, Executive Director, at 244-9242, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Name: Roberto Rodriquez, Ex. Director, Seal Cove Auto Museum
Telephone Number: (207)244-9242