Question: You know who you shouldn’t count out when it comes to tech and innovation?
Answer: The Amish.
Sure, they’ve been living that horse-and-buggy lifestyle–but it’s not what you think. The Amish community has found their own way in advancing their own technology. The first use of the horse and buggy dates back to the late 18th century with minimal features and capabilities, but today’s models are anything but.
The Amish practice a lifestyle of simplicity, which does not include engaging in modern technology that would interfere with their way of life. They’ve succeeded in this while also producing some pretty dope ass buggies. (A sentence I never thought I’d write.)
The Amish are all about keeping it in the family and have accomplished this by manufacturing many of the buggy parts using Amish businesses within the community. From brakes to tires, to the sleek fiberglass body, the innovation and modern features that comply with state driving laws are impressive to say the least.
Some of these buggies are completely decked out with propane heaters, a speedometer and cup holders, even the lights are all LED which are powered by battery. A single 20-volt battery is able to run the entire electrical system for two to three hours if fully charged, so strategy is key when planning those trips, or, just bring a bunch of batteries.
The lifespan of the modern buggy is also rather remarkable. A shiny new one can last anywhere between 20 and 30 years before any rebuilding is necessary. In total, you’re looking at a good 40 to 50 years of properly maintained. Not too shabby.
So what will all this modern craftsmanship cost you? According to Popular Mechanics, around $8,000, but be sure to bring cash because the Amish don’t do banks.