Lit Motors showed off a wild electric concept on Tuesday aimed at turning our idea of what’s possible on its head. Equipped with gyroscopic stabilization, the two-wheeled C-1 is an all-electric vehicle that promises to never tip over. Ever. TechCrunch’s Peter Ha claims he even tried to purposely put the C-1 on its side, but couldn’t. Two wheels have never been safer.
Danny Kim, Founder and President of Lit, said he envisions the C-1 as the “future of personal transportation,” outlining the benefits of using such a small statured vehicle: “ease traffic congestions, decrease fuel use, reduce CO2 emissions, create 2,000 to 10,000 green jobs, and allow people to get around quickly and efficiently,” Kim said.
Lit has actually designed the concept from the ground up in San Francisco, and even created some proprietary tech that appeals to the “cool” and price-conscious crowd. To start, the C-1 will be offered for $24,000 when it launches in 2014, with the potential to drop below the $16,000 mark the following two years. If it becomes a hot item among motorheads, it could even dip below the $13,000 price point by 2018.
It’s not designed to compete in the quarter mile (the C-1 tops off at 100mph, and has a 0-60 time of six seconds), nor is it meant for road trips (up to 200 miles per charge). However, it does come with all the modern amenities you’d expect from a vehicle today: AC, power windows, airbags, etc. And it might even have listen and respond voice tech for driver convenience.
It’s an interesting idea, but it relies on consumer demand, and I’m not so sure people are ready to trade in a four-door, four-wheel car for a solo two-wheeler that looks like a large helmet. There’s a lot of tech integrated into the concept that’s immensely intriguing, so it’ll certainly be cool to see how this one plays out as the motor industry moves forward. Would you consider a vehicle like this?