The street-legal solar golf cart

The top model can hit 65 m.p.h.

If you're an 80-year-old resident of a retirement village who has a need for more than school-zone speed, Cruise Car has got the wheels for you.

The Sarasota, Florida-based company is showing off its line of solar-powered golf carts this week at Solar Power 2006 in San Jose, Calif. The top-of-the-line Cruise Car can reach 65 m.p.h., considerably faster than the average golf cart, for a cool $7,000. Or you can just get the solar panel, which sits on its roof, for $1,500.

"They are street legal in 35-mile-an-hour zones," says sales director Thomas McCoy, sounding more like a Ferrari dealer. The company has sold some in Sun City, Arizona, and other golf-retirement communities in Florida.

Imagine if Bruce Springsteen had owned one of these while he was writing "Darkness on the Edge of Town" it would have been a completely different album.

(Photo: Cruise Car)

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