Move over, Smart Car. There's a new electric vehicle hitting the road this year called the Peapod, and it comes with "lots of love" for Mother Earth.
Introduced last September by Chrysler's Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), the Peapod is touted as being gas-free and emission-free. Did I mention it's battery-operated? The long-lost cousin of Herbie the Volkswagen Beetle is intended for riding around the neighborhood, to school or to work. The car is round like a pea and has iPod integration, thus (I'm assuming) the clever name. Plus, it looks like it's smiling—a marvel of modern design.
You've got to give GEM props for trying to contribute to a greener planet. But even though it's meant for urban living, I can't see driving one of these things in a place like New York. The taxicabs, buses and delivery trucks there would eat the Peapod for lunch.
—Posted by Elena Malykhina