DWI Case Determines Electric Scooters are 'Legal'

Three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously upheld DWI conviction, ruling that the electric scooter fits the definition of a "vehicle" under state law.

Published: 02-Jan-2006

Question: What has two wheels, handlebars and an electric motor, and can get you arrested if you ride it after drinking alcohol?

Answer: Well, that depends.

But if it's a stand-up scooter, then you are in trouble.


Cleaner cars were the focus of the 2005 Tokyo Auto show, but for this reporter, the Eliica -- pictured below -- was the highlight.

Eight-wheeled, all electric Eliica may be build in small numbers, say designers.

The wheel robots, complete with their own suspension, remove the need for a drive shaft and even the engine block, freeing up designers to make new use of the space in the car.


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