General Motors and electric scooter maker Segway have revealed a two-wheel, two-seater prototype vehicle they’ve code named Project P.U.M.A, which stands for Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility.
The self-balancing electric “car” is designed to transport two adults in a seated position, with the minimum amount of energy possible.
“Project P.U.M.A. represents a unique solution to moving about and interacting in cities, where more than half of the world’s people live,” said Larry Burns, GM vice president of research and development, and strategic planning. “Imagine small, nimble electric vehicles that know where other moving objects are and avoid running into them. Now, connect those vehicles in an Internet-like web and you can greatly enhance the ability of people to move through cities, find places to park and connect to their social and business networks.”
The P.U.M.A can travel of speeds up to 55km/h and can travel up to 60km between charges. The “car” is powered by a lithium-ion battery connected to two seperate electric motors that coordinate to achieve both self-balancing and steering.
P.U.M.A will be on display this week at the GM stand of the New York Auto Show.