According to specifications, it is clear that the GoPet isn’t designed for intensive use or long-distance travel. It is powered by a 48-volt motor that can reach 16 mph; a single charge should suffice for travel of up to 25 miles. Calculation shows it gives riders a record-low 10-cent per mile ratio.
A full recharge takes four to six hours, and the supplied “smart” charger disables the charging process when the battery is fully loaded. Like a bicycle, it features a hand braking system, and it also includes a headlight, taillight, and horn. Optional additions include a seat, folding handlebar, and trailer.
The major target market includes resorts, tour companies, and warehouses, where easy-to-use vehicles can offer visitors and employees fast transportation for short distances. This Youtube Video demonstrates the advantages it offers in the case of storage employees. Although MyGoPet tries to market this new personal vehicle as a “fun” experience, its low acceleration and obvious safety issues (tall, three-wheeled vehicles tend to fall easily) might hinder youngsters who wish to enjoy a more thrilling experience.
GoPet complies with most state and local laws for personal mobility devices but riders are advised to check their local vehicle regulations. Its maker has yet to publish a formal price, so it is subject to change according to vendor.
TFOT has covered various electric-powered personal vehicles, such as Easy-Glider X6, which looks like a strange hybrid between a scooter and a SegWay, and the Toyota Winglet, a new Segway-like vehicle which is controlled similarly by the user’s weight shifting. Other related TFOT stories include Enertia, an electric, ecological motorcycle produced by Brammo, and PUMA, the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility vehicle developed by Segway and General Motors Corporation.
For more information about the GoPet, see its website.