Easter Egg

Well, it sort of looks like an Easter egg if you scrunch your eyes up and have been drinking heavily. GM’s master plan to save itself was revealed today in all it’s glory: The PUMA.

Bankruptcy for General Motors may be inevitable, but the R&D side of the company is forging ahead with plans for a new electric vehicle.

GM and Segway rolled 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.

The 300-pound, zero-emissions vehicle is powered by a lithium-ion battery and dual electric wheel motors. It features all-electronic acceleration, steering, and braking; vehicle-to-vehicle communications; digital smart energy management; two-wheel balancing; and a dockable user interface that allows off-board connectivity.

We have seen the future. And it is bleak. Imagine one of these PUMAs in a collision with, say, a Yugo. Who wins? And who gets body-bagged?

Remember the hype that surrounded the launch of the Segway? How’d that world changing event work out?

If you want to live dangerously, buy a scooter. This thing is a joke.

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2 Responses to Easter Egg

  1. Sam L. says:

    Most particularly, a scooter such as one of these:

    http://www.hellinahandbasket.net/2009/04/that-is-a-really-loud-scooter.htm

  2. feeblemind says:

    Yes. This looks like an act of desperation on GM’s part. Grasping at straws in a vain effort to save the company. Or perhaps it is just a PR ploy to please Washington and keep the flow of taxpayer dollars flowing their way?

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