Sunday, April 7, 2013

It's a sEGGway! Hyundai Displays E4U Concept at Seoul Motor Show

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It seems that Asian manufacturers area just so much better than the rest of the world at coming up with very weird transportation ideas. The Japanese always seem to be the ones wowing motor show crowds with their contraptions, however the Koreans aren't far behind on the innovation front, or so it would seem. Take this concept from Hyundai, called E4U, which was introduced at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show.
Yes, it does look like a giant egg, which has been carefully carved out, painted and fitted with headlights. It isn't particularly sexy, and the fact that you wear the windshield on your…head doesn't help either. You drive it much in the same way you do a Segway, by leaning your body forward/back and left/right.
What sets it apart from the Segway is the fact that it looks considerably more stable, and with all that extra metal all around the driver/rider, it is probably a great deal safer – the retractable rear legs do add a bit of stability.
According to the Korean company, the E4U's 500 W electric motor can take it up to a top speed of 30 km/h (19 mph). Watch it in action in the video that follows.
By Andrei Nedelea


Hyundai E4U Concept SegwayUntitled-1



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