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NO MORE GAS Personal Electric Vehicle

by , 04/29/08

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With a name like ‘No More Gas’, you can bet that this cute little personal electric vehicle is as good to the environment as it is to the user. Its size, weight and fuel make it much better for the planet, while its look and driving experience make it great fun for the driver. Looking like it’s dropped straight out of an episode of The Jetsons, this tiny car can achieve speeds of over 75mph for a cost of $0.02 per mile. All this eco-goodness earned Myers Motors’ NmG vehicle kudos at this year’s Well-Tech Awards exhibit in Milan.


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Much of the NmG’s benefits stem from its size. Holding just one person, it’s much smaller than the average car. Smaller cars means more commuters can fit on the roads, getting where they need to be in a shorter time. The size also enables drastic reductions in fuel consumption, earning it the title of the most energy efficient vehicle on the road today. Its size also allows the NmG to achieve a range of 25 to 30 miles, making it suitable for the vast majority of commutes.

Plug the vehicle into a 220 volt socket to fully recharge an empty battery in 3 hours. Fuel costs are around a quarter of the price of conventional oil-powered transportation. Charged using conventional electricity, NmG’s size and power type reduces emissions by around 70% compared to a conventional fossil fuel-powered car. And, of course, emissions are eliminated completely when the car is charged using a home-based renewable energy system.

The design sits halfway between a car and a motorbike so the manufacturers prefer to call it a ‘Personal Electric Vehicle’, or PEV. And because the US Department of Transportation classifies the NmG as a motorcycle, it’s permitted to go on highways traveling to speeds around 75mph while other electric vehicles are legally limited to speeds of 35mph or less. A speedier drive is also likely because the NmG is allowed in many carpool lanes, due to being ‘fully occupied’ by the driver alone.

The retro-futuristic vehicle is available in many bright colors for the reasonable price of $36,000. So, all in all, its an affordable, cheery, environmentally-friendly car that’s supported by existing infrastructures. We’re looking forward to spotting many more NmGs on the roads very soon.

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  1. ann pyle July 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    The car is cute. But $36,000.00? How much does this thing realy cost to build? I sat down and figured what I would spend in a year driving my SUV. It costs me less to keep the gass hog for a few years more ( I spend $100 a week at 52 weeks a year for a grand total of $5,200.00 per year). Please creat somthing green that compares to a scooter or a motorcycle in price.

  2. RoyLofquist May 28, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Dear Sir,

    Apparently the biggest drawback of electric automobiles is their limited range.

    If the batteries were easily replaceable, 5 to 10 minutes with special equipment, then service stations could stock charged batteries for exchange.

    Regards,

    Roy Lofquist

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  4. Phoghat Phoghat May 1, 2008 at 7:55 am

    No, can’t buy it. Limited range $36k? Buy an aptera hybrid. It has all the advantages of the NmG none of the drawbacks PLUS has a range of 600miles and it costs less.

  5. Artgod April 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    $36K – I don’t think so. Get it around 15k and then I’ll buy one. And also work on that body style looks like something Dr Seuss would drive.

  6. jamesguz April 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Aren’t those the same cars that were used in Austin power’s glodmember?

  7. fjdkljasdfla@hotmail.com April 30, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    For 40,000$ it should fly like the jet sons.

  8. Sam Lowry April 30, 2008 at 10:27 am

    The Jetsons? Sorry, but I don’t get that one at all. The things in the Jetsons are aircraft. This looks more like something from the movie “Brazil.”

  9. Sam Lowry April 30, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Re: “Looking like it’s dropped straight out of an episode of The Jetsons…”: Sorry, but I don’t see The Jetsons at all. It looks a lot more like a vehicle from the movie “Brazil.”

  10. thisstinks April 30, 2008 at 6:43 am

    I am 6’3″ tall. This thing would work better for me as a SHOE, rather than something that I want to surrender my knees to.

    75 mph? I wonder what it looks like after an 18 wheeler cuts it off with a sudden lane change?

  11. dudewhat April 30, 2008 at 2:10 am

    The reason this will not sell well is because of the $36,000 price tag. People are not going to pay more $ for less vehicle. The reason someone buys an economy vehicle is because they want to save money. They are not willing to pay the price of 2 cars for 1 motorcycle sized car.

  12. tuckiller April 29, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    How would it fare in any crash? And how long does a charge last?

  13. Hockey Ref April 29, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I was sold until I saw the $36K price. I think half that price would be too much for a one-seater that only goes 25-30 miles at a time. Even with gas prices going through the roof there are much better options among regular vehicles. Nice try, though.

  14. duncan12 April 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I don’t get it. This is the Corbin Sparrow, first available in 1999 for around $10,000. 75 MPH, 30 miles on a charge… exact same vehicle: http://www.corbinsparrow.com/ Unfortunately, the corbin company declared bankcruptcy and I don’t think the vehicles are being manufactured. Perhaps this is a licensed copy?

  15. spoodidiy April 29, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    This should be built in China for about $5000, and retail for less than $10K.

    If the Chinese can build a Chevy knock-off (the Cherry) – a whole car – for $20K, I bet they can build this for $5K.

  16. drig April 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    this car has been around for years an is nothing new. Myers bought the rights to the failed sparrow car a few years ago. I was able to sit in this 2 years ago at the Cleveland auto show and while cool, its pretty poorly made. In fact, it felt like something little tykes would make.

  17. jamesj April 29, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Don’t you guys recognize this car? It’s the Corbin Sparrow. These were made in Hollister CA from 1999-2002 until the company went bankrupt. Myers must be the new owner. They used to sell for $14-17K. I owned one – it created quite a stir everywhere I drove it! See http://www.corbinsparrow.com for more info…

  18. gulp35 April 29, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corbin_Sparrow
    good job guys… this car failed once… it will fail again.

    not saying that it isn’t good in concept, but really… I am getting tired of all these concepts. when are the engineers going to take over the green car market from the Designers and PR department?

  19. whipdaddy April 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm
  20. Matt April 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Minneapolis is home to a pizza shop that delivers in these delightful little electric cars. I’m pretty sure they deliver in these year-round. Oh, and they wear super-hero suits, which is both hilarious and endearing.

    http://www.galacticpizza.com/9.html

    In response to Nick, a motorcycle license might well be required by state statute. I suspect anyone who rides would agree that this is an absolutely great consideration. Being the smallest vehicle on the road requires a very different attitude and awareness. Acquiring a motorcycle license is relatively easy. Rider training courses are offered in many large cities at minimal cost (they typically provide a mo’) and the courses often finish with the riding portion of the exam.

  21. dsiders April 29, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    A little fruity, and way to expensive! If EV’s and alt. energy vehicles are ever going to take off in America they are going to have to appeal to a broader group of people. Remember this is the country that GM/Ford built. Asthetics have always been on the back burner to middle America, far far behind practicallity and functionality. If companies like this were really trying to promote a greener tomorrow, they would be buiding vehicles that appealed to Dick and Jane in Iowa and Georgia, not the ego inflated smug crowds in San Fran, LA, and NYC.

  22. the7000club April 29, 2008 at 10:03 am

    there is nothing “reasonable” about a $36,000 price tag for a one-seater that only travels 30 miles per charge.

  23. Jeremiah April 29, 2008 at 9:51 am

    The moment I saw this I couldn’t help but be reminded of a car I saw at a museum in West Fargo, North Dakota. It was a single seat, 3-wheeled commuter vehicle called the “Freeway” and “Freeway II”. These little cars were built in Burnsville, Minnesota from 1979-1981, and sold for $3160. They were available in gasoline, diesel, and electric powered models. The one on display was gasoline powered and achieved 100 miles per gallon. What really gets me though is how much the “Freeway” and the NmG look alike. The “Freeway” does boast some impressive 1980′s styling in the form of boxy, sharp edges, but it looks like they could have been the same car model separated by some 28 years. I’ve only found a few pictures online of this slick automobile, but here are the links:

    http://www.trombinoscar.com/minis/freeway8001.html
    http://www.microcar.org/xtra/winter/07.jpg
    http://www.maxmatic.com/Graphics/fwy_de1.jpg

    Thanks.

  24. nick April 29, 2008 at 9:48 am

    It looks like it would be a lot of fun. I was very interested. Going through my mind were thoughts of selling my car and using NmG as my primary vehicle. Then I saw the price. That is not affordable for what it is. Hopefully they can bring the price down in the future.

    Also since the govt considers it a motorcyle do you need to get a motorcycle license? That’s a project in itself. When you take a motorcycle test you have to drive a motorcycle. So getting a license probably would be easy for most people.

  25. elepski April 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I’m sure its a great little EV… but not at 40K.. sorry.. there are much better options out there for that range

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