A San Diego-based startup has developed a prototype for what they believe is a car for the future, now.
The Eggasus certainly as a sense of humor about it, taking its name from the egg-shaped design. However, while many might find it hard to take seriously, the creators are very serious about creating a vehicle that meets the challenge of ever increasing traffic congestion, parking shortages as well as noise and air pollution.
It also seems that the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge, which is sponsored by Rabobank is also taking the Eggasus seriously too - it has been selected as a finalist for the award.
The Eggasus is designed to convey a single passenger quietly from place to place or even on campus, from building to building. Under the egg-shaped bodywork lies a three-wheeled trike that is powered by an electric hub motor in the front wheel.
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The designers say that they see the Eggasus serving three main functions. They see it having utility in urban environments, on campus and even as a mobile advertising billboard. Its enclosed design with ergonomic seat is also designed to people who might otherwise use a scooter, but who don't like venturing out in the rain.
Top speed is 2 5mph, has a range of 50 miles and weighs in at just 300 pounds. The Eggasus is expected to debut this fall in a Grade A model for $5,000 while a Grade AA 2-seater is being prepared for a 2013 launch, with pricing to be determined.