June 9 - A Chinese man comes up with an ingenious idea that could revolutionize personal travel. Sasha Salama reports.
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A Chinese man has come up with a new way for commuters to get to work - a suitcase scooter.
It took He Liangcai nearly ten years and one million Chinese Yuan ($159,987) to create a suitcase which doubles as an electric scooter. It has three wheels, weighs seven kilograms (15 pounds) and can go as fast as 20 kilometers per hour (12.4 miles/hour).
The scooter runs on a battery and can travel about 60 kilometers (37 miles) when fully charged.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) INVENTOR HE LIANGCAI, SAYING:
"I'm quite positive about this invention's future development. Why? First, it's easy to carry. Secondly, it will be sold at a low price. Thirdly, it will solve some problems that our country is facing, such as heavy traffic, parking problems, and finally, I think it won't cause any environmental pollution nor noise pollution."
The suitcase scooter also has a horn, a burglar alarm and a GPS.
One man who tested it out liked it.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE NATIONAL, 49-YEAR-OLD GUI TUANYUAN, SAYING:
"This creativity is very fresh. Because this is a suitcase which can both carry things and be a tool for transportation. Whenever you go on a business trip, it's inconvenient for you to carry such heavy luggage around. If you can ride your own luggage, then it's a little more convenient.
Apparently it's strong enough for two people to ride.
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