While the Ecooter faces tough times ahead, as long as it’s priced sensibly it has a chance of surviving — even a chance of becoming the dominant budget electric car. Let’s not forget the raging success of the EeePC, which came out of Taiwan last year and has already spawned an era of its own. Could the Ecooter do for budget electric cars what the EeePC did for budget ultra-portable computers? One thing is for sure: if price is a major concern, then using Taiwanese production processes should guarantee it a smaller unit cost than almost anywhere else in the world.
Gareth Murfin is a freelancer games designer: www.garethmurfin.co.uk