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Here’s a concept that carries some junk in its trunk. OK, so it’s not junk – it’s actually a three-wheeled scooter, and the McCar packs it away in its trunk to give you even more motoring mobility.
Unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show, Geely (the Chinese manufacturer and owner of Volvo) introduced this unique concept to the world. The McCar (no, you won’t find it on the menu at McDonalds) is a cool and compact hybrid that comes with a folding three-wheeled electric scooter in the rear. With enough seating for four, the two-door Geely McCar charges its electric scooter while its packed away in the trunk.
Available with either battery or hybrid power, the McCar offers enough juice to get you to your destination at a reasonable pace. If you go with the 12kWh battery, it has range of 93 miles, a top speed of 52 mph and it takes six hours to recharge. When it comes to the 8kWh plug-in hybrid, the McCar can go 31 miles on electric power and 373 miles on gas and battery, with a top speed of 80 mph and a recharge time of two hours. When it’s time to pull out the scooter, you can clock speeds of up to 18 mph (it has a range of 18 miles and it takes two hours to charge). If you don’t want the scooter, feel free to swap it for a standard fold-up wheelchair.
Even though it’s still a concept, there’s a good chance that the McCar might actually go into production, as Geely has plans to mass produce electric and hybrid cars by the end of next year.
Peugeot has come a long way since their first scooter they launched in 1996. Meet the battery-powered e-Vivacity, the perfect people mover in an urban environment.
Since the 1996 Scoot’elec, the folks at Peugeot have been working hard to come up with a green machine that made to take on the mean city streets – and they’ve accomplished that with the e-Vivacity. The French motor company outfitted the e-Vivacity with an advanced lithium-ion pack (made by Saft) that only takes four hours to power up (using a standard European 230-volt plug). And if you’re in a hurry, you can also choose to go with the fast two hour charge that gives it an 80% full battery.
This little scooter can reach speeds of around at 28mph within a 60 mile range before it needs a recharge (that’s about the same as the conventional 50cc gasoline-fueled scooter). No word on a price just yet, but with gas prices rising the way they are, the e-Vivacity is a viable option if you’re looking to cut your transportation costs.
Judging by the hubcap-looking pieces attached to the front wheels, our guess is two electric motors providing motivation to the MINI-resembling two-wheeler.