No, not the disgruntled Hillary supporters, but the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (PUMA)…
Yes, by the Segway people (remember how a few years ago they were telling everyone that the Segway was the vehicle of the future?) and GM. Are we excited yet?
Weighing in at 300 lbs,
The car will be able to reach speeds of 35-miles-per-hour. With one electric charge, the car can travel 35 miles.
And for all that they’re going to charge you “between one-fourth and one-third of a traditional vehicle.” Excuse me if I’m skeptical but I drive one of these, which weighs in at 4,092 lbs. The PUMAs ought to be charging at the most one-tenth the price of a traditional vehicle.
I found out about it from Brian, who’s nice and tall.
toy PUMA has a number of features:
- When it rains, you get drenched
- No way you can carry young children safely on that thing unless you actually encase them on a steel armature
- No side protection against impact, which, if you’re going 35 can get you killed.
- Has to be plugged into the power grid to charge
And then there’s the height factor: Brian, like The Husband, is well over 6′. Neither guy’s going to have enough room in the cute little vehicle they’re showing on the photo above. Heck, I don’t even know if I could fit in that, and drive it.
So, considering all the above, why not ride a Vespa instead? Or one of these (Brian, again):
UPDATE, Wednesday 8 April
Behold, the POTUS PUMA
via Larwyn, of course.