Remember that scene in "Iron Man 3" when Tony Stark's briefcase quickly converts into a full-body suit of red and yellow armor? Well, we don't have that technology quite yet, but here's the next best thing: a briefcase that turns into an emissions-free electric scooter with a few quick clicks.
The Commute-Case electric scooter, which is expected to hit the market soon, is the product of a new company called Green Energy Motors Corporation. This neat little device weighs 27 pounds (before you put your laptop and lunch inside, of course) and can convert from something you carry into something that can carry you in just a few seconds. After you pop out the wheels, footrests and handlebars, it can scoot along at up to 12.5 miles per hour. That's about four times faster than walking on a busy city sidewalk.
Heck, it even comes with a cup holder.
Billed as an easy alternative for people to zip along between trains and the office (or other such commuting alternatives), the Commute-Case can travel up to 25 miles between charges and can be recharged in less than an hour. Green Motors says that the scooter can travel those 25 miles on just 10 cents of electricity, all while producing no carbon emissions.
You can check out how the scooter unfolds in this short video:
Now the energy to run the Commute-Case may cost next to nothing, but the scooter itself will come with a hefty price tag: $5,990. But Green Energy Motors says it is "currently taking pre-orders to help finance production" and people can order a scooter right now at half price ($2,995) or reserve one for just $150 (with 10 additional PayPal payments to follow).
Green Energy is marketing its emissions-free Commute-Case for a wide range of uses, including zipping around the neighborhood or as a backup vehicle. It is also promoting the scooter as an alternative to bicycles in countries where pedal-power is popular.
The company doesn't say when it expects its Commute-Case scooters to ship, but it promises a satisfaction guarantee and a one-year warranty.
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