Published: Aug 16, 2010 5:16 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 16, 2010 2:16 PM EDT

COCOA, Fla. (AP) - Solar-powered golf carts will soon shuttle shoppers and tourists around a central Florida downtown village.

It used to be horse and carriage rides, but by the end of the summer the eco-friendly "Solar Rider" will shuttle shoppers from parking areas to shops and other spots of interest in Cocoa Village while saving energy and promoting green concept.

Volunteers will drive the carts while conducting the tours, stopping along 20 historic sites. The shuttle tour is expected to give the historic sites a boost since many people can't do walking tours, plus it's hot outside.

The tours on the eco golf carts are free. Tip money will be used to maintain the cart.