Is that an electric scooter in your trunk or are you just happy to see...

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Oh, I see. Ahem. It's just a scooter.

The entire package (ha!) is called the McCar, and it's actually a concept developed Geely, the Chinese company that owns Volvo, and was on display at the Shanghai Motor Show.

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If it ever exits the concept stage and becomes available for public consumption, McCar will arrive in two flavors: Small and coffin.

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I kid the tiny car. In reality, there will be a fully electric model with a 93-mile range, and a hybrid for people who haven't yet decided they want to support this whole burgeoning electric car movement thing and only half care about the environment.

The scooter has a range of about 18 miles and can be swapped out for an electric wheelchair. Convenient! Also, adorable. Here's hoping the little guy exits the design and concept arena and hits the market, complete with a substantial roll cage. [Born Rich via DVICE]

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Hey... this could really work! You know what would sell even better?! If it had two wheels and still stayed standing!!! Oh wait...

Sorry for the sarcasm.

From a concept stand point, this doesn't seem like a terrible idea although if there isn't enough room for such a small vehicle, what's the chances there's room for a scooter of this size? Besides the concept, the execution seems very questionable. There's several issues with making a car with either a floor low enough for the scooter to get in and out on its own and also with rigging up a lift system in the back of such a small vehicle. Even in large vehicles, there's a reason that wheelchair lifts are built into the side of the vehicle and not the back. Furthermore, the standard location for fuel cells (in the rear of the vehicle) would have to be moved forward and there's a reason that they are kept at the rear in the first place (safety). Also, designing such a small vehicle whose curb weight changes drastically (guessing that scooter weighs about 300 lbs) is very expensive. I'm sure someone will say that the car won't be driven if the scooter is out but I don't know a good car company that would design to that specification. These are the first issues that came to mind and there's probably more if I sat down and thought about it.

It doesn't surprise me at all that a Chinese auto company would come up with such a concept. They haven't even learned the safety concepts shared by almost every car manufacturer for very specific reasons and they already want to make a jump into creating cars that are out of their league. There's a reason you don't see Chinese designed cars anywhere else in the world.

To give you an idea where they're at, see the video attached. It's an offset barrier test that's very common in crash testing. I think the video explains the rest. This is what I think about when people say that "the Chinese are ahead of us" ("us" being the US).