Bozeman Montana Ground Zero for EVs?

Glenn Swanson
by Glenn Swanson
bozeman montana ground zero for evs

Steve Titus REALLY hates using foreign oil. The Bozeman, Montana resident began his personal quest for total energy independence by building a plug-in solar – electric vehicle. Titus’ passion then propelled him to develop the Solar Bug, an ATV powered by roof-mounted solar cells. The machine may only go 20 miles per charge, but Titus has his eyes on the prize: “I was tired of going to the gas station,” says Titus. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Steve and six like-minded friends paraded their rechargeable vehicles through downtown Bozeman on Friday. While one of the participants optimistically predicted that the area could become an epicenter for green vehicle technology (like Portland and Seattle), you gotta credit these guys for their plain talking. “More and more Americans are sick of paying $80 for gas once or twice a week.”

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  • Chuckgoolsbee Chuckgoolsbee on Jul 21, 2007

    I spent part of my youth near Bozeman... out in the boonies really... when we needed to buy groceries or clothes or whatnot we'd drive the 60 miles of canyon downstream to Bozeman. I love that town and would move back in a heartbeat. Megan is right though, winters are VERY cold. I can recall many days 20-below and quite a few at 40-below. It will be interesting to see how these EVs do under those conditions. As for gasoline prices, I don't worry about them either, I drive a Diesel and brew my own. --chuck

  • Guyincognito Guyincognito on Jul 23, 2007

    I thought they'd be driving motorcycles.

  • Guyincognito Guyincognito on Jul 23, 2007

    Of very high quality.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Oct 04, 2007

    Why do these EV guys always build such plain vehicles? Why don't they build a street rod kit or something? Looks plus some usefulness would carry their point much further. The average pedestrian who doesn't get to HEAR his message is just going to say - ewww! That's ugly. You wouldn't catch me in one of those. How about a nice old CR-X or something?