Folding Silly Scooter

Folding Silly Scooter

This past week the Car and Driver report on the Volkswagen so-far-still-a-concept-but-no-less-silly Foldable Electric Scooter came across the desk.  Really?  They did coin a good phrase though, for "stuff you carry in your car for no good reason but to satisfy some concept design project": "last-mile surfer".

No range, no specs other than maybe a 12-mile range and around 24lbs, no nada, but a comment from Car and Driver that it's "designed to be a Segway competitor but far less costly".  OK, a seg-thing silly scooter.  Except that it doesn't self balance or do other seg-thing things. Except that these seg things are designed to be a Segway but are far less costly. And fit in your trunk.  Any trunk.  Even a frunk.

OK.  I know I kind of put the kibosh on GoPed scooter comments last week, but for this?  I welcome them.  Embrace them, really.  James?  Are you there?  For my part, I'll weigh in with my  personal favorite "last mile surfer"design project, from HobbyKing (still on backorder, but no less real for the wait):

HobbyKing ScootPlus

HobbyKing ScootPlus

Maybe, by the same token, someone can explain why car manufacturers doing concepts of folding scooter things that fail is even a thing?  What am I missing?