This is exactly the sort of thing that pushes back the frontiers of electric transportation... Pushes it back another few years.
I'm not a fan of motorbikes as anything with two wheels is inherently unsafe but at least a motorbike (or my bicycle for that matter) have the wheels one in front of the other so it is possible to stop quickly and safely (most of the time).
This contraption has the audacious "innovation" of putting the two wheels side-by-side. I don't care what clever electronics it's got on board... You're still gonna cart-wheel down the road like a hamster in a wheel if you emergency stop this thing or hit a brick / kerb / large pebble.
It's about par with those whacky contraptions with the engine inside a giant single wheel (the gears drove against teeth on the inside of the rim). Fine when cruising along but if you tried to stop suddenly or accelerated too fast you would spin round inside the wheel (the phenomenon was actually called "hamstering").
No, I'm afraid this is not "the future of transport" but another set back for public acceptance of EVs.
It's very simple guys... Most people want something with four wheels (preferably at or near the corners of a small box-like structure) that holds 2-5 people in comfort with some luggage and goes reliably in a straight line and round corners and can go and stop quickly and safely. It should be able to go as far as the user requires with re-fueling easily available and quickly achieved.
Most people don't give a hoot what powers the thing so long as it doesn't cost too much to buy and run and it meets all the stated requirements.
Edited by AccordGuy - 4/25/2009 at 10:34 pm GMT