The Aptera, Electric Smart Car and Birds Eye Pea Car
I just showed the Pea Mobile to hubby and he said it doesn't look safe to drive on the road. I agree. He also said it doesn't look practical. I said I'll just drive it around our driveway and yard. LOL. Then I speculated we could make one at TechShop! Hubby said we couldn't. Implying someone who knew what they were doing probably could, but not us. OK, he's probably right.
I wanted to give attribution for this photo of the Pea Mobile but it's floating around Google Images on several sites so I'm not sure of its exact origin. Though I suspect Martha Everett is the original source of the photo.
What I was able to learn on the National Motor Museum Trust website is that:
"The Pea car first appeared in a Birds Eye television advertisement in December 2005. London-based special effects company, Asylum, took six weeks to build the car using a heavily modified chassis from an off-road go-kart fitted with a Honda engine. Weighing just 750kg, it was capable of 50mph/80.47kph even though it had no gears. Whilst bearing a Volkswagen resemblance, only the headlights were sourced from a beetle. The indicators are of lancia origin, wing mirrors from a specialist shop and all other parts were made to order."
One of my previous wish cars was the Aptera, a 100% electric car by Aptera Motors, a company that closed its doors in 2011. I'm hoping someone else picks up where they left off and makes this super cool car someday.
And I LOVE the 100% electric drive Smart Car but the battery range (63 to 98 miles on a full charge based on weather and HWY or city driving) isn't enough to get me to SF, around the city, and home without a recharge so unless they come out with a bigger battery I think I'll have to keep looking. Oh, but the custom wrapped, Flirty Blog, Smart Car I mocked up in Photoshop would be so cute!
LOL maybe I need three cars: My current car for driving to San Francisco, the electric drive Smart for Two for local driving and a Pea Car for driving around my yard :D