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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:23 PM
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GM unveils tiny, futuristic concept car for cities
Source: Associated Press

China seen as ultimate market for electric vehicle with self-driving option



By Elaine Kurtenbach
updated 1 hour, 17 minutes ago

SHANGHAI - It's not quite as foldable as the space vehicle that cartoon figure George Jetson pops into his briefcase as he bops into the office.

But the EN-V concept car, GM's "automobile solution" for the future, just might fit into an apartment foyer.

General Motors and its Chinese partner SAIC will showcase the "Electric Networked-Vehicle" launched Wednesday in their joint pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, which opens May 1 and runs for six months.

The EN-V, pronounced "envy," is GM's latest effort to burnish its credentials as a future-focused, environmentally friendly company and shed its image as the bastion of the gas guzzling Hummer. The automaker is in the process of winding down Hummer after a deal collapsed to sell it to a Chinese heavy equipment maker.



Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36014601/ns/business-oil_an... /
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:24 PM
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1. Nice, but no thanks.
I wouldn't be caught dead driving that thing. Family comes first. Watch it go like the Hummers.
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:28 PM
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3. I'm thinking more like - watch it go like the Segways
It was built in conjunction with Segway and has about the same performance limitations and restrictions on usage. Good for campus security and getting to the evening bridge game at the retirement village, but not much else.
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:34 PM
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4. Actually I agree.
Personal golf carts are more likely.
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TrollBuster9090 Donating Member (569 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:40 PM
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Don't worry about it...
...because, like ALL fuel-efficient concept cars, they have absolutely no intention of manufacturing it.

The only time GM ever manufactured a practical, fuel efficient car that people actually WANTED TO BUY (the EV1), they only did so because the California govt FORCED them to manufacture it.
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dencol Donating Member (297 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:57 PM
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12. I've been rear ended recently.
And I probably wouldn't have survived if driving one of those things. I don't think it would do too well when sandwiched by some idiot on a cell phone.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:51 PM
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18. It would probably bounce off, and either end up in oncoming
traffic, up on the sidewalk or the seating area of a Starbucks.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:32 AM
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26. Yeah, ya wouldn't wanna meet a standard vehicle in one a those
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:27 PM
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2. I love it. It looks like a running shoe.
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:45 PM
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8. Reminds me of a motorcycle helmet

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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:58 PM
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21. Oh my. Exactly. Ha.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 08:45 AM
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28. That's all that will be left if you get into a wreck. nt
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DoBotherMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:37 PM
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5. It's great!
For a city driver like me. I rarely drive more than 25 miles a week I would buy it. Dana ; )
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 08:52 AM
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30. I don't know if I'd want that car but I have looked at smaller cars for my next car
I also live in the city and drive about 25miles tops a week. And I park on the street so clearly smaller is better!
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bain_sidhe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:39 PM
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6. What's the grocery capacity?
Because if it'll hold 5-6 bags of groceries, it would be perfect for me, at least most of the time. We'd still have to have a "real" car for trips and carting the dogs to-and-fro, but if we had one of these, we could make do with one "real" car, instead of two.
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tonekat Donating Member (832 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 09:31 AM
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31. You'll need the optional matching trailer N/T
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Shining Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:40 PM
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7. It's really butt fugly.
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TrollBuster9090 Donating Member (569 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:46 PM
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Never mind.
While the lazy-assed, stupid TEN FIGURE A YEAR executives at GM are taking government handouts and whining that they can't build an electric car because the market isn't big enough for it, NORWAY (with all 5 million people) is going to save our pathetic asses.

Th!nk City, a Norwegian company that's doing a thriving business making and selling electric cars is planning to build a plant in the U.S.A.

http://www.wndu.com/green/headlines/80676977.html

Don't worry, the American entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well! (and living in "socialist" Norway.)
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:55 PM
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11. Or California
I'll take one of these

http://www.phoenixmotorcars.com /


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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:46 PM
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9. My GPS has told me to go the wrong way on a one-way street more than once.
Cars which drive themselves may go the wrong way down a one-way street.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:52 PM
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10. Jesus Fucking Christ.
Why don't the dumb motherfuckers just build a good, small car like an Echo or Civic that somebody will actually buy.

Stupid ass motherfuckers will try to sell this shit and say, "see - nobody wants our fuel efficient vehicle!"
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 08:43 AM
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27. I completely agree...
Edited on Thu Mar-25-10 08:44 AM by Javaman
It's like they enjoy pissing in their own oatmeal.

I wonder if the Dinosaurs ever questioned their own viability?
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midnight armadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:59 PM
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13. Or you could drive/pedal one of these...


with electric assist. Already on the road!

http://www.bluevelo.com/Order_from_Europe.html
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daggahead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:00 PM
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14. LMAO! What the f@ck is that? n/t
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:17 PM
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15. Reminds me of Mr. Garrison
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:20 PM
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16. Where's the wind-up key that's supposed to be sticking out of the back?
No way would I even try to fit in that lite beer can...
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:53 PM
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19. like this?
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daggahead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:20 PM
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17. I'd rather drive one of these ...
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:56 PM
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20. Aptera:
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 07:15 PM by IDemo
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:05 PM
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23. TOTAL Blade Runner knockoff nt
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corkhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:15 PM
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22. looks like a Segway in a candy coated shell
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:06 PM
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24. I WANT ONE!!!
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:45 PM
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25. I'd feel about 100x safer in a Smartcar.
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 08:47 AM
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29. It's been done ...
Maybe a cross between a BMW Izetta



and a BMW C1 scooter



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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 09:34 AM
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32. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, IDemo.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 10:50 AM
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33. To replace bicycles?
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 11:22 AM
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34. It will still cost you 20K a year to park it.
Cities should be designed to be POV free. Even taxis should be considered ancient history.
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