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Opening Arguments

Welcome to green hell

We devoted quite a bit of space on Page 1 yesterday to this story, and I have to say: This is the stupidest idea to come out of Detroit in a long time. Here's the nitty gritty:

The 300-pound prototype runs on a lithium-ion battery and uses Segway's characteristic two-wheel balancing technology, along with dual electric motors. It's designed to reach speeds of up to 35 miles-per-hour and can run 35 miles on a single charge.

The companies did not release a projected cost for the vehicle, but said ideally its total operating cost — including purchase price, insurance, maintenance and fuel — would total between one-fourth and one-third of that of the average traditional vehicle.

So, people are going to spend five or six grand on an oversize golf cart with no sides that goes only 35 miles an hour, has no space to carry anything, needs recharging after 35 miles and would probably be crushed like a bug by anything bigger than a Mini Cooper?

Only if they're forced to. Welcome to the green future envisioned for us by Washington.


Posted in: Travel


Bob G.
Wed, 04/08/2009 - 9:43am


Roller skates would be better...(and safer).

But they could make some really "cool" POLICE CRUISERS (to take the place of the motorcycles Rusty wants top ditch)...JUST what this city needs to catch ALL those thugs...ohhh, yeeeaaaahhhh!

"Okay, Bill...so where do I strap this perp when I haul him off to the ACDC?"
"Let him run alongside, Frank...the exercise will do him good".


tim zank
Wed, 04/08/2009 - 10:12am

Leo, another drawback you didn't list is where to park it or put it...It's too heavy to bring inside but light enough for two dudes to throw in the back of a pickup and steal it.

I'll bet Nancy Pelosi likes it though!

Michael B-P
Wed, 04/08/2009 - 7:03pm

Well, yeah, but you see with my nationalized health care debit card and prescription drug benefit, I'll be too frickin' stoned and senile to drive anything that doesn't get its own special lane for me to drive in for my weekly trip to the local pharmacy for my medical marijuana. Betcha we can even get Medicare to pick up the tab for my two-wheeler. Think they'd spring for the bong?

tim zank
Wed, 04/08/2009 - 7:32pm

Michael...I'm sure it would have to be an Obamacare approved bong, but it would be covered as a reimbursable expense after the Obamaductible is paid on your Obamacaid coverage.