General Motors Joins With Segway to Unveil Two-Wheeled Urban Vehicle

April 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)—General Motors, the beleaguered US auto maker, announced today it’s teaming up with Bedford, NH based electric scooter maker, Segway to make a new type of two-seater, two-wheeled scooter for urban driving. The new electric vehicle will be an entirely new model, dubbed the Personal Urban Mobility & amp; Accessibility prototype or PUMA. This joint announcement by the two very different vehicle companies, comes right before the New York Auto Show this weekend.

Jim Norrod, CEO of Segway said, “We are excited to be working together to demonstrate a dramatically different approach to urban mobility.” The PUMA prototype will have a top speed of 35 mph and be capable of driving up to a distance of 35 miles on a single charge. The large format lithium-ion battery will cost about $.60 in electricity to recharge and will not produce environmentally harmful emissions.

Segway expects to have an explanatory video up on its website later today.

This has to be good news for GM as it struggles to avoid a structured bankruptcy, even after receiving $13 billion in bailout funds from the US government. GM has been the subject of much prodding from the Obama administration of late, for it to jump on the energy efficient bandwagon before it is too late.

The US automaker has manufactured numerous large gas guzzling vehicles over the years, which run on dwindling fossil fuels and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

Segway sold 2,000 of its popular one-seater scooters in the UK, where they can be seen in London and other urban areas.

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