Houston Zoo going Solar with SolarDrive Solar Powered Vehicles


On May 28th, the NRG and Reliant team joined with Houston Zoo's facilities staff to retrofit one of the Zoo's four-seater electric golf carts to solar power, making it the Zoo's first Solar Powered Electric Vehicles.

After weeks of testing of the initial first install at the end of May, the verdict is in - Solar Power is the way to travel at the Houston Zoo.

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On August 12. and 13., SolarDrive, Apache Golf Cars and Hollins Enterprises, assisted the Houston Zoo in the installation of Solar Powered roofs on the next four electric golf car vehicles in a series of many to come. 

Due to the modular concept of the SolarDrive S2E roof Houston Zoo gets maximum flexibility in fitting the modules they have acquired. The four carts chosen this time were an E-Z-GO Shuttle six-seater, a Club Car Villager eight-seater, an E-Z-GO ST, and a Carry All 6 maintenance vehicle. The SolarDrive S2E roofs were 200, 300 and 400 Watt versions.

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The two-year conversion program for the Houston Zoo's electric vehicle fleet to Solar Power assisted cars is supported by a joint donation by NRG & Reliant.

Use of the SolarDrive S2E at the Houston Zoo shows the Zoo's commitment for community leadership in the use of alternative sources of energy in its daily operations.

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Here are two links which provide additional information:

 https://houstonzoo.org/en/rel/289/

 http://www.houstonzoo.org/en/rel/262/

 

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