‘Never worry about running out of gas’: Stockton man builds unique solar-powered trike – KCRA Sacramento

A Stockton man has built a solar-powered trike that he says is one of a kind — and can run all day.”I’m an inventor and that’s all I know how to do. I invented something that people can use everywhere,” said Milton Butler, of his idea of a solar-powered trike.”It came to me in my sleep and I saw how the sun is always out, so I went and got my boys and we built something that we can use from the sun,” he said.From parts he had in his garage, he put together this trike that runs on solar power and named it after his late wife.”I call it the Duckie. That was my wife’s name, and everything she did was perfect to me and when I built this in her name, it came out perfect the first time,” he said.The trike zips along, powered by a small electric motor on the front wheel and two batteries that are being charged by a solar panel.”It has two battery packs, one battery to keep the little battery charged, the regular battery, the sun charges it and it charges the little battery,” Butler said.Word is just getting out in the neighborhood about the new machine. “Nowhere is there one like this. No, this is the first one ever been built, and I built it in my garage,” he said. Butler even heard from a friend that asked about the trike from halfway around the world.”My friend from the Philippines called me and said they pay $11 a gallon for gas, and he said we have 14 hours of sunlight. I said this would work good for you out there, you can ride as long as you want,” he said.”The gas in Stockton costs 5 for one gallon and $10 for two gallons, but now we don’t need no gas because the solar car only runs on the sun,” said Butler’s grandson, Solomon Campbell.”My two boys love it we drive it every day. We come to the park and go around as many times and never worry about running out of gas,” Butler said. Butler said he hopes to take the solar car downtown soon to show to city officials, and adds that there’s even a phone charger included.

A Stockton man has built a solar-powered trike that he says is one of a kind — and can run all day.

“I’m an inventor and that’s all I know how to do. I invented something that people can use everywhere,” said Milton Butler, of his idea of a solar-powered trike.

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“It came to me in my sleep and I saw how the sun is always out, so I went and got my boys and we built something that we can use from the sun,” he said.

From parts he had in his garage, he put together this trike that runs on solar power and named it after his late wife.

“I call it the Duckie. That was my wife’s name, and everything she did was perfect to me and when I built this in her name, it came out perfect the first time,” he said.

The trike zips along, powered by a small electric motor on the front wheel and two batteries that are being charged by a solar panel.

“It has two battery packs, one battery to keep the little battery charged, the regular battery, the sun charges it and it charges the little battery,” Butler said.

Word is just getting out in the neighborhood about the new machine.

“Nowhere is there one like this. No, this is the first one ever been built, and I built it in my garage,” he said.

Butler even heard from a friend that asked about the trike from halfway around the world.

“My friend from the Philippines called me and said they pay $11 a gallon for gas, and he said we have 14 hours of sunlight. I said this would work good for you out there, you can ride as long as you want,” he said.

“The gas in Stockton costs 5 for one gallon and $10 for two gallons, but now we don’t need no gas because the solar car only runs on the sun,” said Butler’s grandson, Solomon Campbell.

“My two boys love it we drive it every day. We come to the park and go around as many times and never worry about running out of gas,” Butler said.

Butler said he hopes to take the solar car downtown soon to show to city officials, and adds that there’s even a phone charger included.

Source: https://www.kcra.com/article/stockton-man-builds-unique-solar-powered-trike/36986031

July 10, 2021 susan ward