KENGURU electric car has no seats, and you drive it by putting your hands on motorcycle-style handlebars. It’s built for wheelchair users, who can roll right through the rear hatch of the car into the driver’s area. The Austin-based company is preparing to launch its first product, which has an estimated range of 60 miles on an eight-hour charge. When it finally goes into production in 12-18 months, the vehicle will cost you $25,000, but that’s before factoring in green energy and mobility tax incentives from the government.
Kenguru, which is Hungarian for “kangaroo,” was founded in Hungary but moved to the US when it struggled to find venture capital. No word yet on the actual safety credentials of the car, which at 7 feet by 5 feet is even smaller than a Smart Car. Yet, despite the Kenguru’s Ferrari-yellow paint job, the company doesn’t expect its drivers to be involved in any high-speed chases. The Kenguru only goes 25 mph, and is thus meant for the average trip to the grocery store or down the street to work.