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The CommuterBefore I discuss The Commuter in more detail, I’d like to share another commuting idea. This is for when you (and I) move beyond the car and take the bus to work. This idea is the commuter briefcase.
Attached flat to the bottom of the briefase is a foldable scooter, to help you get to the bus stop. Folder the scooter another way, turns it into a stool to sit on while waiting for the bus. Remove the handle from the scooter, press a button, and now you’ve got an umbrella (or a parasol). The briefcase itself is large enough to hold a laptop, notes, and your lunch, including a bottle of water.
The Commuter is a modular car. The basic car/module holds one to two people. For other needs, other modules can be added on. These are modules such as truck bed and back seat. Each module is built so that another module can be attached on the back. So, you could attach the car, a back seat and a truck bed together. Each module is attached at two places rather than one for more stability and greater ease in backing up - if you’ve ever pulled a trailer, you know what I mean. This car has three versions – The Commuter, Nothing To It (stripped down version), and The Way to Go (all the options).
The basic module (cab) is built for one person, but can hold two sitting side by side. Behind the front seat there’s room for the commuter briefcase, or a couple of sacks of groceries. The cab is automatic (not stick-shift). All the controls (including steering) are in the arm rests. When only one person is in the cab, they sit in the center of the seat. This provides better able to see and steer. (For easier steering, the cab only has three wheels – one in front and two in back.) When there are two people, the arm rests shove toward the left so that they still are on either side of the driver. Controls essential to driving are located in the left arm rest. Controls such as the audio system, which may be worked by the passenger, are located in the right arm rest. Arm rests for the passenger are normally folded up, making part of the seat, but can be folded down for more comfort.
In the back of the cab there are two docking stations for another module. Each module docks with other modules at two places for greater stability and greater ease in backing up. These docking stations contain the equipment to latch the modules together including lights and intercom. Each docking station also contains a small door, big enough to pass food, etc., between the modules.
When using multiple units, more power is needed (and thus more gas). The engine is built large enough to handle as many as three units at the same time. You can adjust the amount of power the engine uses to fit your driving needs.
Now you can drive to work with just the cab and save lots on gas. You’ll also have a really small car, so parking and lane changes will be a cinch. When you get home from work, you can hook on the back seat and go pick up the kids from school. However, you won’t have to listen to them if you don’t want to – just turn off the intercom. (They will, however, have to listen to you.) You can also listen to your own music while they listen to their music. Now that you’ve got the kids home, you can hook on the truck bed and help your college age kids move out of the house (or in).
Now you can have the vehicle you need whenever you need it. Need a commuter car – no problem. A truck, attach the truck bed. A sedan, attach a back seat. Need a crew cab truck, attach a back seat and a truck bed. Need a station wagon, attach two back seats. Want to be weird, attach the truck bed first, and then the back seat – why not?
Which cars cost the least for the most mileage? The following big name cars get at least 35 mpg on the freeway. They’re also automatic and use gas (rather than deisel which get’s a lower EPA rating). They’re listed in order from least expensive for the mileage to most expensive.
Toyota Echo; Hyundai Accent/Brio; Honda Civic DX (other Civic _X cost more); Nissan Sentra; Honda Insight; Honda Civic Hybrid; Toyota Prius; Honda Civic Lean-Burn; Honda Civic VTEC. The Toyota RAV4 EV would have topped this list, but it’s electric, and Toyota quit making them.
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