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Small electric cars are a practical way of travelling short distances in town. They're environmentally responsible, cheap to run, easy to park, and they mostly look like the bastard offspring of an iMac and a Yugo. I submit that the final factor is significant in their low adoption rate.
get uncreative with electric car design. Let's make them retro. Very retro. Let's make them like they did in the 19th century! One-horse carriages are elegant, pretty, and small. So: add wheelmotors and appropriate blinkenlights, mount a windshield, replace the reins with a steering wheel for the sake of compatibility, and recreate a small carriage as a modern horseless carriage. Literally: the only thing missing is the horse.
But in the abscence of a horse, you ask, how will the two-wheeled carriage acheive stability? By the same clever methods, involving gyroscopic sensors, as a Segway. And what are you going to do with the horse attachement? Well, we're going to leave it there. We might well attatch ornamental reins, giving the vauge impression of a carriage pulled by an invisible horse.
Hey, the turning radius is great.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Nov 20 2010]
4-seat concept from Mercedes
Entirely impractical when this big; better as a 1-seat commuter. [neutrinos_shadow, Nov 26 2010]
||Dang near baked [gisho]. [link] Minus the horse attachment.
You're right, the turning radius is great.
||One question, though. With a Segwoidal system, how much
energy is spent in keeping the system balanced?
||Actually, chaise is from Latin; it just stopped off in Paris, on
its way from Rome to London.
"Charrette" (cart) on the other hand, is, I believe the only
word the French
truly claim as their own.