The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 October 2007

This is an Ecooter


Apparently it's some sort of Chinese one-person transpo-module. If they have any notions of selling these Stateside, they probably ought to come up with a different name, lest the little econobox be nominated for The Truth About Cars' Ten Worst Automobiles Today.

Posted at 9:47 AM to Driver's Seat , Say What?

seriously? E-cooter sounds like a porn website. For rednecks.

Posted by: Nate at 10:54 AM on 20 October 2007

I have to ask - how do you clean a dirty E-cooter?

Posted by: Jeffro at 6:27 PM on 20 October 2007

My company has taken the green thing to the extreme, on a global scale. Pictures of these have been circulating through the office lately. Given the time lapse involved in the trickle down effect in our little corner of the corporate world, I have to wonder...'spose we'll be giving up our earth unfriendly superintendent's pick up trucks for these babies in the not-too-distant future?

Posted by: Jennifer at 6:29 PM on 20 October 2007

Not unless they can pass the Federal crash tests. And while I suspect that they can be made to do so, the high-strength materials it will take to make them do so will price them out of the market: Americans will not pay big bucks for tiny cars unless they're seeing a lot more than $3 at the gas pumps.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:43 PM on 20 October 2007

Americans might not, but Swedes will. Swedes will buy anything if it looks environmentally innovative.

Or at least the Swedes I know personally. ;-)

Posted by: Jennifer at 8:42 PM on 20 October 2007

Perhaps. On the other hand, you show me a motor vehicle that looks for all the world like the fabled vagina dentata, and the last thing in the world I'm going to think about is its frigging carbon footprint, you know?

Posted by: CGHill at 8:46 PM on 20 October 2007

...then again, if they don't change the name, it might become popular with fratboys and other sorts who just want to have an excuse to say 'cooter' on a regular basis.

Seriously, if they want to sell them stateside, in addition to coming up with a new name, they'll need to have roadways specifically designated for these things. No way in heck I'm getting out on the main drags here and competing with duallies and semis in something that looks kind of like a motorized baby carriage.

Posted by: fillyjonk at 2:52 PM on 21 October 2007