Two-wheeled urban vehicle runs on electric engine

By on April 8th, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 0:07

pumaSegway and General Motors are working together to develop a two-wheeled electric car with two seats to be a quick, cheap and “eco” alternative at the traditional cars from the entire world.

The vehicle’s project called PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), would involve also a vast communications network that would allow vehicles to to interact with each other, to adapt at the traffic conditions and to prevent accidents.

The prototype works with a lithium-ion battery and uses the two-wheel balancing technology of the Segway. This car has two engines and is designed to reach speeds of up to 56 km / hour and can go a distance of about 56 km in a single charge. In addition, PUMA vehicles would not need airbags or other safety devices because they automatically avoid obstacles such as pedestrians or other cars.

The companies which are working at the PUMA project have not mentioned how much would cost such a vehicle, but they said that the price could be somewhere between one-fourth and one-third of that of the average traditional vehicle.


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One Response to “Two-wheeled urban vehicle runs on electric engine”

  1. MEK says:

    April 14th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    This is a novel idea, silly but novel. Has anyone heard of KISS? Keep It Simple. This is OVERENGINEERED and over complicated. A leaning trike is simpler, more stable for a roadworthy vehicle and far less complicated to engineer.

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