Getting Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza Without Gasoline

by Benjamin Jones on May 24, 2008

electric motorcycle pizza delivery

It may seem a little silly, but in this coming age of expensive gasoline, every trip we make to buy something is going to have to be a decision about whether or not it’s really worth it. That $10 book at the book store could easy become $15 if your car isn’t very efficient and the drive is longer than a few miles. The same can be said of going out to get coffee, groceries, or even Take ‘n’ Bake pizza.

EcoModder forum member Ben Nelson recently posted about his inventive approach to getting pizza without using any gas. He took his DIY electric motorcycle, which is already pretty sweet, and attached a little delivery tray to the back, the likes of which I haven’t seen since the last time I was in Japan (where almost all deliveries are done on Honda Super Cubs):

Electric motorcycle with delivery tray

There’s no arguing that the bike itself isn’t a sweet ride, but it gets even better when you see that not only can you carry a pizza, but that you have room for an extra-large:

pizza carrying electric motorcycle

Of course, the bike has to get its electricity from somewhere, but since it’s much more efficient than an internal combustion engine it uses less and can get power from renewable sources like green energy providers or your home’s own solar panels.

So, I applaud Ben for his creative methods of reducing gas use, and hope that others will follow in his footsteps. Especially with gas prices hitting all-time highs in the US, the case against gasoline is getting incredibly strong.

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{ 3 comments }

1 Mike Toler May 26, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Why not show something about the electric motorcycle instead of a stupid frozen pizza?

2 Benjamin Jones May 26, 2008 at 12:22 pm

We’ve talked about electric motorcycles before: http://www.ecomodder.com/blog/2008/04/11/forkencycle-dirt-cheap-diy-electric-motorcycle-made-from-forklift-parts/

I’ve been waiting for Ben to test out a 4th battery before going ahead and posting about his build, however. If you stay tuned I’m sure you’ll see more.

3 Diana Brehob June 4, 2008 at 8:58 am

Come on! Electricity is not more efficient than an internal combustion engine. Electricity is more efficient at the power plant. But, by the time that you transmit it to your electric motorcycle’s battery pack and convert it to mechanical energy to propel the bike, you’ve lost. Yes, you could get electricity from solar panels, hydroelectric, or wind energy. But, unless you produce that on your own, you are relying on the grid, from which only a fraction derives from a renewable source. Best thing going is that Ben is not lugging around a huge car when all he has to carry is himself and a pizza.

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