Its designers acknowledge that, amazing as it is, safety precautions and design hurdles allow the Segway PT to run with a top speed of only 12 miles an hour, making it unlikely to replace the car anytime soon as a mode of ‘mass transit.’ It must also be recharged via an electrical current for up to six hours for enough juice to travel around 15 miles.
For this and other reasons, the Segway is ideally suited for around town errands, quick deliveries through crowded areas and other practical purposes. It is not meant for the two-week, cross-country jaunt. But if you’re used to fighting with urban congestion, this is an ideal means of reducing traffic and the headaches that accompany it, Being only slightly larger than an average person, it doesn’t take up much room and is perfect on narrow sidewalks and alleyways. The Segway PT also makes a unique way to get around tight warehouse corners. Its design and relatively low speed reduce the possibility of accidents compared with scooters and bicycles, making it pedestrian friendly. It’s collapsible for easy carrying and storage, and because it runs on electricity, it is a classic “green” vehicle perfect for those seeking a way to escape high gasoline prices and the environmental damage of internal combustion engines.
Segways are also good machines for getting around crowded warehouses, where tight corridors make it difficult to use bulkier vehicles. People may find them useful for getting around large pedestrian areas, such as airports or amusements parks. There is really no limit to how people might use the vehicle. The Segway can fit in most places you might walk, but it will get you there faster, and you won’t exert much energy.
A Lean, Green, Gliding Machine
By allowing you to cover more ground in less time and giving you the strength to carry more, the Segway® PT will reduce our need for cars and other vehicles with combustion engines. We think this will produce some profound environmental changes—both in the long and short term. As you consider these statistics and scenarios, bear in mind that these examples cover only the U.S., whose automobiles consume about 15% of the world’s oil. (In 1996, new car sales in Asia alone exceeded those of North America and Western Europe combined.)
Reduced Fuel Consumption
American drivers take approximately 900 million car trips per day. The EPA estimates that half of all those trips are less than five miles (8 km) long and transport only one passenger—trips perfectly suited to Segway PT. If these 450 million daily trips last an average of three miles (4.8 km), we can say that Americans drive 1.35 billion miles (2.16 billion km) per day on trips five miles or shorter. If the average automobile gets 21.5 mpg (9 km per liter) in the city, that’s about 62 million gallons (235.6 million liters) of gas per day burned on trips where people could be traveling on Segway PT instead of driving. If just 10% of those trips were replaced, that’s 6.2 million fewer gallons (23.56 million liters) consumed per day or 2.26 billion fewer gallons (8.59 billion liters) per year.
If the annual fuel consumption of U.S. automobiles was reduced by 2.26 billion gallons (8.59 billion liters), that would translate into a huge reduction in vehicle emissions. This includes 405 fewer tons (364.5 metric tons) of hydrocarbons, 61,830 fewer tons (55,647 metric tons) of CO2, 3,105 fewer tons (2,794 metric tons) of CO, and 6.2 million fewer gallons (23.56 million liters) of uncombusted gasoline. What’s more, we believe this to be a conservative estimate, based on the fact that each 1% reduction in urban miles driven results in a 2% to 4% reduction in vehicle emissions, due to the inefficient nature of urban driving.
If each car is driven 1,825 fewer miles (2,920 km) per year, that saves 9,125 miles (14,600 km) over five years, easily enough for that car to be driven for one additional year. If each car could be driven an additional year, that would put less stress on landfills and on the environment as a whole.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISABILITY LAW GUIDANCE
USE OF “SEGWAYs” ON TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES
California Assembly Bill For EPAMD’s