Originally aimed at cops – and then, in the age of Occupy, at cops looking to do serious damage – T3 Motion is now hoping to find a market for its personal electric vehicle with the broader public. The company has announced a consumer model of the vehicle, which looks like what would result if a Segway and one of those motorized grocery carts got married and had a baby.
T3 Motion says there are some 3,000 of its vehicles in use “in nearly 30 countries worldwide and logging over 20,000,000 miles” for police departments, the Pentagon, FBI, universities and other organizations. This widespread institutional use, T3 says, created “pent-up consumer demand” that the company is answering with the consumer model.
“T3 Motion is entering the consumer market by leveraging the brand we created over the years in the professional market,” Ki Nam, T3 Motion CEO, said in a statement. “With an operating cost of less than a penny per mile, T3 products can achieve the equivalent of over 400 miles per gallon of gasoline, allowing users to have fun without high fuel costs and emissions.”
The consumer version is called the T3 Power Sport. It seems to spec out along the lines of the cop-targeted ESV, with swappable lithium-ion batteries that can power it for up to 40 miles on a charge. Top speed is 12 mph. With the Power Sport, the company also touts “a highly customizable look,” which could include customizable colors and graphics,” as well as optional camera/GPS and iPhone/iPad docking stations.