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Will this be your first electric car?

post #1 of 24
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The Puma, developed by Segway and GM

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Cute little sucker but I don't know if I'd want to take it out on the road.

Maybe on the golf course.
post #2 of 24
That spinning in place on the Boardwalk maneuver looked pretty cool. "Streets" would need to be changed pretty radically to make it a good idea, and I honestly think that walking, bicycling and dedicated transit lines are a much better idea for urban transport. But something like this, for the disabled or elderly, in a city where cars aren't used for personal transport, might eventually be a good idea.
post #3 of 24
Honestly I wouldn't drive that unless I'm at a park ....It just looks dangerous.
post #4 of 24
Oh how much does it cost? ..It's totally not worth more than $1000 IMO.
post #5 of 24
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Here in Wisconsin we need something with A/C in the summer and a good heater in the winter. Ahhhhhh.....I guess I'm just getting too old for this open-air stuff.
post #6 of 24
Doesn't look like it would do very well in the snow and ice or a hot August afternoon in Phoenix. I guess you'd only use it during "nice" weather.

Maybe GM should just go into business making Golf Carts.
post #7 of 24
Current golf carts have a top speed of 15-20 mph, not 35 mph, and I don't think any of them get anywhere near 35 miles on a single charge.
post #8 of 24
Doesn't look like it would hold even a couple of bags of groceries. Not much use to me.
post #9 of 24
Sheesh, that looks uncomfy. Just wondering, how do you lock that sucker up when you go inside a store?
post #10 of 24
They were discussing this on the news last night and were saying that it is just a marketing gimmick for GM to show they are "flexible" when it comes to making smaller, more efficient cars. Too bad they spent all that money on designing and building something so useless while asking for bailout money. Makes me glad they are not in charge of my monies.
post #11 of 24
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I think there's some question as to who's really in charge at GM. Did Obama fire Wagoner? Did Wagoner resign? Did the board ask him to resign? Did Obama ask him to resign? Did Wagoner go willingly? Did the government make any threats to make him go?
post #12 of 24
From my understanding Obama pressured him into resigning. My good libertarian friends believe that it was the wrong move for Wagoner and that he should have stayed anyway...
post #13 of 24
This thread reminds me of a little itty bitty car I saw on my home from my last exam Monday night. It reminded me a large appliance box on wheels. I'll try to find a pic but I have no idea of the manufacturer. One of the things I said to myself upon seeing it was I'd hate to be in an accident with that thing.
post #14 of 24
Thats a death trap!!!

I am having electrical problems in our Corvette and nodody seems to be able to get them corrected. I hate to see what happens when the new electrical car has problems!
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post #16 of 24
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I saw one of those when i lived in that area too! I saw it on I71, at about 400, in rush hour madness, and thought, wow, they're brave!
post #17 of 24
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I saw one of those when i lived in that area too! I saw it on I71, at about 400, in rush hour madness, and thought, wow, they're brave!
Yeah, you won't see me in one of them. You certainly won't see me in a PUMA either.
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There are tons of those around here. They're very popular. I'd love to test drive a Smart. In our lives, it would have to be a second vehicle, because they're pretty small, and basically you can carry one passenger OR you can carry things, but you're not really going to do both -- and you're not going to carry the lumber home from Home Depot, that's for sure. But it would be fine for tooting about town, grocery shopping, stuff like that. All of which means we'll never own one, because we don't need two vehicles, but we do need a larger one than that.

But the Puma -- nope -- might as well ride a bicycle and get some exercise.
post #19 of 24
The smart cars are a too expensive ...It'd rather get a prius for that price!!
post #20 of 24
I've seen a few of the smart cars on our highways. They can toot along pretty good with the rest of us. I do about 120 km/hr. and they are doing about the same.
post #21 of 24
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The Puma, developed by Segway and GM

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story

Cute little sucker but I don't know if I'd want to take it out on the road.

Maybe on the golf course.
Doesn't do a thing for me.

I'm large and I'd feel like a sardine crammed into that thing.

Besides, it's not very practical if you need to go shopping etc. No room to put anything.

Give me a 4 door mid-sized car any day!
post #22 of 24
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From my understanding Obama pressured him into resigning. My good libertarian friends believe that it was the wrong move for Wagoner and that he should have stayed anyway...
It's the BOARD that should have FIRED him LONG ago.

Unless Obama owns enough stock to get him a seat on the board, he hasn't got any say in it.
post #23 of 24
At least he's not supposed to have a say in it. Apparently, the White House had a lot to do with it.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/bu...30auto.html?em
post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well, we can't expect Obama to let a little thing like corporate governance rules get in his way, now can we?
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