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Segway-alike GoPet adds wheel, removes tech

Shouldn't you be wearing bike helmets? And be closer to 80?
Shouldn't you be wearing bike helmets? And be closer to 80?

Like the idea of a Segway but haven't got the cash or the inclination to trust its gyroscopic control system?

Then perhaps the GoPet is for you - a bargain basement electric tricycle launched today.

The 350W GoPet has a front hub direct drive motor system that shifts it at speeds up to 16 mph and over a range of up to 25 miles on a single charge.

Spending a penny on your PET

The GoPet (standing for Personal Electric Transportation, of course) recharges in between 4 and 6 hours, costing its US riders about 10 cents (6p) in electricity. It uses pneumatic tyres, bike-style brakes and has an adjustable handlebar to suit people of different heights.

"While some two-wheel electric vehicles carry a high-tech image [what could he possibly be referring to?], GoPet is faster, goes further on a charge and is much easier to ride compared to the most popular two-wheel personal mobility device," said Tom Murphy, GoPet General Manager. "And GoPet retails at about one-fifth the cost of a comparable Segway scooter [aah!]," Murphy adds.

Each GoPet scooter includes assembly tools, headlight, taillight, horn and basket. Options include a seat(!), folding handlebar and even a trailer. The basic GoPet costs around $1200 (£735), with more info at http://mygopet.com.