GM Unveils New Wheels: Would You Buy A PUMA?

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You think you will purchase this two wheel vehicle called “PUMA” from GM despite their money issues. What if you purchase the 2 wheel gadget and the company folds leaving you with an pile of innovative junk. For you fashionistas; where would you put your luggage and makeup case? Where would you store a briefcase, purse or laptop? It looks like an electric wheelchair too small for bigger individuals to squeeze onto. What about the cost to maintain the PUMA and who is going to insure it? Pricing has yet to be released but reports suggest you could one for a quarter of the price you’d pay for a normal car. There are questions I want answered by GM before they try to convince working class people to invest in their innovative car. Will GM last long enough to sell the PUMA and what about that bailout money they needed? Is the PUMA what they use the bailout money for…things that make you wonder about these innovative things. Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) has not been successful perhaps GM has found a solution.

On the Internet street: General Motors revealed a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a fast, safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars and trucks for cities across the world. The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA, project also would involve a vast communications network that would allow vehicles to interact with each other, regulate the flow of traffic and prevent crashes from happening. 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. GM officials said

Built off of the proven reliable and safe technology you find in Segway Personal Transporters (PTs), the prototype truly does expand upon the exhilarating riding experience.  It increases capacity to two passengers in a seated position; capable of carrying them up to anywhere between 25 and 35 mph (40 – 56 kph) for anywhere between 25 and 35 miles (40 – 56 km) on a single charge.*  It does so while taking advantage of the unparalleled maneuverability and advanced control you get through Segway’s use of dynamic stabilization (balancing technology).  Add in know-how with large format lithium-ion batteries and you have something that’s zero emissions during operation – likely only costing about $.60 in electricity to recharge.

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