Two seats, two wheels, too much fun.

Two seats, two wheels, too much fun.

LIMERICK PA – Segway Inc., which manufactures the battery powered, two-wheeled stand-up scooters favored by security staffers at Limerick’s Philadelphia Premium Outlets, has teamed up with General Motors to introduce a similar vehicle that seats two, reaches speeds of up to 35 mph, and can run 35 miles on a single charge, the company announced Tuesday (April 7, 2009).

It costs about 60 cents worth of electricity to recharge the lithium-ion batteries in the prototype, PC Magazine reported. The vehicle also features brakes that recharge the batteries, no exhaust, and zero-radius turning, which means it can spin around on the proverbial dime.

The PUMA is not yet in production, and if it were it would not be intended for highway use, USA Today reported.  Its development began 18 months ago, well before GM’s need for financial bailouts from the federal government. How much would it cost? No one’s offering a guess, but spokesmen for the two companies estimated the price would be less than that of a new small car.

PUMA is scheduled to be shown this week at an auto show in New York City.

Photo by Segway Project PUMA