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boblespam
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re: Toyota's Insect EV: Car or gadget?
boblespam   10/3/2012 6:21:20 AM
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it must be a joke, even the name is copied: http://www.smartusa.com/models/electric-drive/overview.aspx

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Alionto   10/3/2012 10:15:47 AM
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But at half the cost!

agk
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agk   10/3/2012 1:38:50 PM
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Looks very attractive with many user friendly features. Probably people affordable will go for this as a additional spare vehicle.

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William Miller   10/3/2012 2:01:04 PM
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It looks futuristic, like a spaceship. Agree with @boblespam, I'd never buy one - too little room. It's like a toy car for kids to play in a garden) http://www.carid.com/

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DAH2136   10/3/2012 3:07:00 PM
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Its not a car, its a golf cart that's been taken over by overstimulated marketeers and eager engineers. They should work on better cars not synching your iGizmos.

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xorbit   10/3/2012 3:37:40 PM
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Looks great, but will be a hard sell here in the US where half the population seems to think they need a 1 ton truck to haul their 180 pound body to work every day. Unfortunately, its advanced electronic systems do not include a brain upgrade.

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Scott SG.   10/3/2012 5:39:04 PM
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It's got a top speed of 37MPH and a range of 31 miles. At least a golf cart seats 2-4

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selinz   10/3/2012 5:50:17 PM
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The specs do seem quite similar to a golf cart. A new golf cart will hold two people but doesn't have doors. The price of a new one is on the order of $8k so this is clearly better if it is street legal. The 60km/hr limit is a problem though.

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DERooney   10/3/2012 8:29:22 PM
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Insect seems appropriate because you'll look like a bug on the window when some idiot runs a red light in his big old SUV and T-bones you.

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Etmax   10/4/2012 12:36:05 AM
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The majority of our interconnect roads are 80kph someone is likely to push you out of the way :-)

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