YoYo A-Go-Go: Funky Hands-Free Segway Concept

It’s a silly-looking ride with an even sillier name: the Yarga YoYo. Still, there may be some real genius behind this zero-emission one person concept vehicle, which strips personal transportation down to the essential–wheels and a chair–without subjecting its rider to the elements. (Also, it is clearly far less dorky than the Segway.)

The brainchild of Portland-based industrial designer James Yarger, the Yarga YoYo is a single seat inner city transportation vehicle made largely from recycled (and recyclable) materials. According to Ecofriend, the designer’s vision is not so much a YoYo in every garage as it is a fleet of urban YoYo’s available for hire, so you can “YoYo when it’s time to GoGo.” (Get it?) The thing itself is, essentially, a wheelchair on clown-wheels, encased in a recycled PVC plastic bubble and powered by electric motors charged by a hydrogen fuel cell power pack; the frame is covered in a carbon & recycled aluminum fiber coating.

image via Ecofriend

image via Ecofriend

If you’re wondering where the steering wheel is, don’t worry: the YoYo uses Google Earth to key in your destination and an onboard computer to get you there. Think of all the things you’ll be able to get done with your hands free as you careen down the sidewalk or bike-line! You may even be able to catch a quick nap, as the YoYo is designed to double as a personal cabin or sleeping berth. Let’s just hope there’s a manual over-ride…

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.