By Steve Peterson
Physical Energy Transportation (P.E.T.) Iowa marked a milestone with the recent production of the 1,000th vehicle of the three-wheeled “gift of mobility.” Volunteers marked the occasion with a luncheon March 9 at Hawarden United Methodist Church.
“It took a little while longer than we thought it would but it’s exciting,” said volunteer Ron Green.
“This one will be going to Guatemala but we will use it around here for a while,” said Green.
PET Iowa has been part of Hawarden since 2007 and the volunteers gather five days a week at a building adjacent to United Methodist Church to assemble them. The vehicles come with a steering column, a seat and a seat belt. One was made to feature the Iowa Hawkeyes sports teams.
“The important thing is to have enough materials,” said Green.
Each PET is built at one of 20 production facilities (affiliates) and donated to distribution partners who handle the shipping, importation and assessment of beneficiaries. The PET has been deployed in nearly 100 countries, from China to Africa. They are given away free of charge.