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GM and Segway unveil Project PUMA, the urban scooter

Even though bankruptcy for GM (General Motors) is inevitable, its R&D department teamed up with Segway (the company behind the two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle) to roll out an electric two-wheel, two-seat prototype vehicle in New York on Tuesday. Built for use in congested urban environments, Project P.U.M.A. (for Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), as the vehicle is called, combines several technologies demonstrated by GM and Segway. Such technologies include dynamic stabilization, electric propulsion, smart battery management, advanced sensing, and many more.

The vehicle is built to carry two seated passengers at speeds of up to 56 km/h. Its 3-hour electric charge would cost about 0.45$, and it can travel over 50 km on a single charge. Energy consumption is estimated to be roughly equivalent to 200 MPG. Pricing wasn’t announced, but Larry Burns, GM’s VP of R&D and strategic planning, said in a statement that it would cost “one-fourth to one-third the cost of what you pay to own and operate today’s automobile”. GM said it hopes to have the vehicle in production by 2012.

You can visit its official page at the Segway PUMA website.
More details about this in the video below by Pat Foran from CTV:

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Comments

Comment from Jester theFool
Time April 8, 2009 at 1:20 AM

For a company such a GM to switch from the gas-guzzler Hummer to this battery powered segway-typed car is a 180 degrees switch for the American company. I think it’s in a better direction, though, I feel it’ll never be mass-produced. It’s excellent for India and China though.

Comment from Lee
Time April 8, 2009 at 3:08 AM

Good scooter. But if it come to china the police will forbid it runring on road .

Comment from Hiba
Time April 8, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I can see this being used in urban cities like Tokyo, but they probably will make their own cheaper, more efficient version and instead of PUMA, they will call it: LEOPARD (Less Expensive Option than Pathetic American Retarded Design). haha

Comment from H
Time April 20, 2009 at 3:18 PM

50km per hour! that’s dangerous, they would reduce it

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