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by Brett Davis

Geely Automotive Holdings, owner of Volvo Cars, in China has just unveiled a car of its own at Auto Shanghai 2011, called the Geely McCAR. The car is a small city car and is powered by hybrid or electric technology. It also comes with its own three-wheeled electronic mobility scooter.

The Geely McCAR (the ‘Mc’ bit apparently means ‘Magic’, nothing to do with the McDonald’s menu) has been unveiled offering two different proposed drivelines: a gas/electric hybrid and a fully electric set-up. Both versions are equipped with a unique three-wheeled electric scooted which can be detached from the rear compartment.

When the scooter is still attached, its batteries and power can be utilised as well as recharged using the car’s powertrain circuitry. When the scooter is detached, the three wheeler can apparently travel for up to 29km before it runs out of juice.

Details and specifications of the car, including its electric charge range, are yet to be confirmed. What is known is that it offers a typical two-door, four-seat layout like other compact city cars. With the scooter left at home, however, there’s even more rear compartment space than comparative models, making it perfect for wheelchair access.

The McCAR was designed with city transport in mind, and dense traffic areas such as those found in China. Parking is also made a bit easier as users needn’t worry about finding a close park to their destination as the handy scooter will make up the difference.