Pedalectric kart is perfect for going to the store (or being crushed by an SUV)

As long as one can steer clear of traffic (as the driver in this video does not demonstrate), this little homemade kart seems like a great way to get around. It’s got a battery for propelling itself, and pedals for extra speed, powerless propulsion, or charging the battery (I assume).

Modest, low-power vehicles like this are also prime for being solar-powered; imagine if everyone in the US had one of these for trips to the store instead of taking the Range Rover. You could probably burn a hole in the world with all the gas we’d save. In fact, that’s a good idea. [via Treehugger]