“That’s a joke,” Obama said

General Motors is looking ahead to how city dwellers will need to get around in the next couple of decades…

The Jiao travels up to 25 mph and is supposed to be uncrashable due to an onboard collision avoidance system. GM says they’ll run about $10k apiece.


GM … has been in development of three two-wheeled, Segway-based, all-electric EN-Vs (Electric Networked Vehicles). The three models called the Jiao, Miao and Xiao

The “meow” or the Teh “Mao”? Vid here.
[rly? and where do I put a ton of hay? 50# of corn? The dogs? Groceries? A normal-sized purse? My legs?]


  1. SondraK, naughty naughty bad wingnut
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm |

    Eat your peas!

  2. accipiter NW
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm |

    If I worked in the city, it might be kinda cool to drive one of those up to one of them office towers, take it through the revolving doors, jockey for a spot on an elevator and finally park it in the high rise office. After about a year the money saved on parking would have that half payed for.

  3. dick not quite dead white guy
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm |

    The Chinks have been stealing our patents, technology and defense secrets for decades now, so to get even GM will give them some more. Effin’ wonderful.

    The Chinks will talk all about partnerships and cooperation and profits and unicorns and jellybeans until the first batch gets built. GM will be told, “Well, it looks interesting, but we don’t think it’s right for us just now, or GM will be ground down to miniscule diminishing returns as the Chicoms demand more and more development and drag out the acceptance procedures forever. Then GM will find out the Chicoms don’t honor contracts and that the Chinks will use the transferred GM technology in their own factories to build the bugmobiles. GM will belatedly realize they were a development and test mule to work out the bugs on all the new stuff so the Chinks could screw over the Melicans again.
    I’ve been on three projects where that happened over the past 25 years.
    On one project, the original understanding was that there would be an order for about 100-150 machines. After a year of negotiations and development work, they actually had the gall to ask us if they could buy just one machine and all the drawings, firmware and software for the machine. I was pleased when our director walked out on the slimey bastards.
    If we keep selling our technology and jobs overseas, we’ll be another third world country in a few decades. We must have a strong manufacturing base or lose it all.

  4. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:12 am |

    Jiao, Miao and Xiao?
    No, not Mao.
    Oh, what’s that guy’s name?
    Oh, yeah … Moe.
    As in: Curly, Larry, and.

  5. apotheosis
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:20 am |

    And GM is producing vehicles with distinctly Chinese names…why, exactly?

  6. bigviking
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:40 am |

    More of GM and others not living in the real world. The current city sidewalks and streets are not smooth and never will be again. The vehicles are not designed to hold up. Vibration and shock (mechanical not electrical) are serious problems with electric vehicles. The video looks like something Disney would have produced in the 50s to show the future. How close were they? This is too much “Designer” fantasy and way too little engineered for the real world. Shorted batteries, with the power requirements for these vehicles, mean fires, deadly gasses and a lot of dead vehicles. Let’s get real.

  7. bigviking
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 6:16 am |

    Green vehicles, Inc goes belly up…..

  8. Laurence
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 6:50 am |

    “That’s a joke,” Obama said

    Takes one to know one…

  9. travis wilde
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 7:01 am |

    “2010 General Motors EN-V Electric Concept slideshow – EN-V Xiao (Laught), Miao (Magic), Jiao (Pride) versions /”(from the YouTube page)

    What is “Laught“? Middle English? Ebonics? Engrish?

  10. geezerette
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 7:30 am |

    When all your other choices are highly regulated or taken away this will be your only choice along with what you eat,crap in,shower in,where you live,who you live with,what medical care you deserve,what flag you fly,who you have sex with, what you do with the results of that sexual encounter,how you dress,if you can have a lemonade stand,or a tanning booth— on and on time to wake up America!!!

  11. Rich
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 7:42 am |

    If there isn’t a trunk big enough to stuff an adult body into, I ain’t buyin’ it.

  12. Another Bob
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 7:56 am |

    It can’t carry a carton of toilet paper home from the store.

  13. MCPO
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 7:57 am |

    Sounds like GM is welcoming our new ChiCom overlords. Guess it was a toss up between the Miao or the Muhammad.

  14. PatrickP
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 8:06 am |

    I’ll take the Chinese over the caliphate any day.

    But don’t worry. Their economy will collapse soon too. It’s not goinf to be us vs. some single strong opponent. It’s going to be everyone vs. everyone else.

  15. Kristopher
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 8:39 am |

    It won’t sell.

    It can’t compete with a used Korean sub-compact.

    This is something GM is doing to satisfy some kind of emmisions bullshit.

  16. PeggyU
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:14 am |

    It can’t carry a carton of toilet paper home from the store.

    That’s ok, comrade, you won’t be needing that kind of carrying capacity for your ration.

  17. steve in tulsa
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:28 am |

    If it only moves at 25 MPH, then how does it get out of the way of SUVs going 70?

  18. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm |

    All this is just crap! First, technology has to make a “Fucking Battery” that will last as long as a tank of gasoline! Short of that, these are just fancy *Golf Carts*………

  19. mojo
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm |

    “meow”, and it means “cat”

    The great leader was pronounced “mayo”

  20. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm |

    Yeah Mech, and ZeDong means, “The Dick!”

  21. ZZMike
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm |

    It’s a Segway with seats.

    “… If we keep selling our technology and jobs overseas, we’ll be another third world country …”

    This is what is known as a business/government partnership.

    Businesses sell their stuff to the Chinese, who copy it and make a million knock-offs (see the earlier story where the Military bought a bunch of electronic chips from the Chinese, which were defective); and the Government (in the form of Clinton and Obama) give away the secret stuff.

  22. Paul
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm |

    Obama is the joke. And the joke is on us!

  23. Fat Baxter
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm |

    GM has a large presence in China. In fact, they sell more Buicks over there than in the US; that’s why GM hasn’t shuttered the marque.

    The growing Chinese middle class is making money, and not surprisingly, they want toys. They have major car shows over there that rival those in the US. The Chinese demand for oil is what’s squeezing the petroleum markets, and is a key reason why the price a barrel of oil is so high — they’re snapping up all the surplus. (India too, to a lesser degree.)

  24. mech
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm |

    No room for a gallon of milk or a bag of meow mix for the kittehs.

    Actually, the kittehs will probably have fun batting them around. . .

  25. Henri Claude
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm |

    …..I would be very interested to hear a professional psychiatrists evaluation of Obama…..I have a few hundred bucks that says it would be close to my evaluation of Obama……he’s certifiable…..