Wicked cool Segway stowage
Saturn has this bizarre electric car concept with gull-wing trunk doors, apparently designed to make it more difficult to load stuff into the trunk. And since the buyer will be green minded and energy efficient, then why not have a couple Segways built into the trunk? (Pics)
2008 Saturn Flextreme E-Flex Concept Car
Flextreme carries on the power-train concept of the original Chevy Volt as a range extended electric vehicle. Drive to the wheels is provided by a 53kW electric motor which gets electrons from a 16kWh lithium ion battery. Where the Flextreme differs from the Volt is the range extender. The Volt uses a 1.0L three cylinder, gasoline/E85 flex-fuel engine to drive the generator. The Flextreme uses a 1.3L four cylinder diesel engine.
Aside from the diesel E-Flex setup, the other important aspects of the Flextreme are the two on-board Segway scooters mounted in a compartment in the back and the vehicle and the styling. The design of the Flextreme gives a strong preview of the design language of the next generation of Opel and Saturn vehicles starting with the upcoming Opel Insignia which will replace the Vectra and Aura. Check out the coverage of the Flextreme from Frankfurt for more details on the powertrain.