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The Tiny Car

August 10th, 2003 · No Comments

Atanu pointed me to this The Seattle Times story about Rick and Bryan Woodbury’s creation:

At 39 inches wide and 8 feet 5 inches long, it’s skinnier than some motorcycles and shorter than many a living-room couch. It runs on batteries, not gas. And, if the thing ever makes it out of Spokane and into consumer production a big if this two-person, commuter concept car could very well alleviate air pollution, cruise past freeway congestion, shimmy through urban gridlock and actually find a parking spot.

Top speed, 130 miles per hour. About 80 miles per charge. Three hours to completely recharge in a dryer socket, 10 minutes to recharge 80 percent in a high-current, 200-amp socket.

The car currently costs USD 80,000. Mass-producted, it is likely to come down to a quarter of that. The question: will people buy?

Sometimes I feel like them with the products that we have created. Good, neat ideas, but will people buy them?!

Tags: Entrepreneurship

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