I've got an extremely efficient two-wheeled vehicle in my garage right now, but I still use my car all the time, despite living in a very urban environment. It's the wind and rain and snow and slush and heat that keep me running into my Nissan Sentra for all these trips of less than five miles.
Despite the fact that GM, in the present, may or may not exist for much longer, they're keeping a strong eye on the future. The PUMA project is basically an enclosed segway with a larger motor and larger battery.
It's about a fifth of the size of a car and can seat two people. The upright two-wheeled design allows the vehicle to make extremely tight turns, making parking much simpler. The idea, basically, is to minimize the things that matter to city drivers, price, congestion, parking, energy and the environment. I threw those last two in, just assuming that the target market will be ecogeeks.
Instead of maximizing the machine (just take a look at the Hummer) GM is finally looking at ways to minimize it. Fit the person into the smallest amount of machine possible in order to eliminate cost, reduce energy use, and simplify urban transport.
It would be 100% electrically powered and would have a range of 35 miles, plenty for most urban drivers, including myself. I've seen my fair share of Segway accidents though (look below), so I'd want to make sure they get the kinks out before I start sitting down in one.
Looking forward to the days when they get some styling and the press get to take them for test drives. I can't say that I don't think the project has potential...but I'm looking forward to hearing your views on the subject.
written by Jonathan, April 07, 2009
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