The newest must-have green accessory: the Scoot Coupe micromobile.
Fitting somewhere between a scooter and a golf cart, this eco-chic vehicle zips around town at 45 m.p.h. – and at 70 miles per gallon.
The two-seaters from Panther Motors are street-legal. Scoot Coupe's smaller version (49cc engine) only requires a driver's license to take on the road, and the 150cc edition needs a motorcycle endorsement. Panther says that "an electric ScootCoupe is nearing completion and a retractable top 500cc Commuter vehicle is in the prototype stage."
Their cute designs, open-air feel, and recent appearances on "The Price is Right " and "The Ellen Degeneres Show " have catapulted Scoot Coupe's profile. Tourists rent them for quick trips around Hawaii . Dealerships pitch them as an easy, novel way to run errands . And Google watched them hit "volcanic " popularity in online searches today.