Peapod – The Neighborhood Electric Vehicle.


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The Peapod all-electric is a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) that’s eco-friendly and people-friendly. And it’s made of over 95% recycled and recyclable materials. It can go on any road with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. ” I am already sold! If you live in a small town or an urban neighborhood, this EV car from Peapod could be the only car you need for running errands and buzzing around town. The Peapod is made in the United States and can go 30 miles on a charge. I live in the country and I barely go further than that when I go “to town”, so I imagine this car would work for a majority of people. At only $12,500, it is even more attractive!

It costs about $.02 a mile to operate and can be plugged into a regular 110V outlet, and Peapod plans on offering a 2 door called the “TwinPod” as well as a truck version called the “UtilityPod” as well as the 4 door “PeaPod” shown above. Cool, right? Here are a few more facts about them:

  • The Peapod is powered by six 12-volt, maintenance-free, recyclable, gel batteries.
  • The Peapod meets the latest requirements (FMVSS 500) set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for this class of vehicle.
  • The Peapod can be easily charged in six to eight hours using any standard 110-volt outlet, in two to four hours using any standard 220-volt outlet, or in only 30 minutes using an optional rapid charger.
  • There are both federal and state tax credits are available for NEV’s.

So what do you think? Would you drive/own one to run errands around your town? I most definitely would!

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  1. Not sure about the defrosting issue, but the chargers in the garage or lot is easy to remedy. Many of them already have charger spots, so I imagine they could put them anywhere.

  2. EVs are a great idea. I see a few issues however that need addressing. In a cold climate(Canada)are they practical for winter? It requires a lot of energy for electrical defrost. In an urban environment much of the population live in apartment buildings. This means parking lots & parking garages. In most cases this means nowhere to charge. I don’t mean to be negative but these are real practical issues.

  3. This car’s pretty cool–in an admittedly Jetsons kind of way. I’m just not certain that people will want to pay even $12,000 for a car that only goes 35 mph, because it’s simply not so versatile. I’m sure some people will buy it, but I’m skeptical that it’ll become an actual commercial success. Do you happen to know how much it costs to make the cars? If only a few people buy it, will the car company have lost money on it? Or is this more of a concept car?

    An interesting and related link to an article I read this morning, about the future of the hybrid/electric car industry. It’s written by an expert in the field, on a blog written by people like hedge fund managers and other experts in cleantech investments:

  4. These little cars seem like a trick to me. The only reason I see to get a car is for trips you couldn’t do with more sustainable methods of transportation (biking, walking, etc)… all of which would require me (a person who lives in town) to travel out of town… However, you can’t travel out of town (or the reverse) with these guys because they’re not allowed on roads with faster speed limits. So they seem kind of useless right now… a gimick with too few uses… kind of sounds like greenwashing to me.

    1. Not everyone lives in towns that are walkable/have public transport. So I would rather them buy these than buy an SUV to go buy bananas in.

  5. Co-operative buying or other kinds of neighbourhood car sharing would be ideal for these. There are still some things which are difficult to do on a bike. Like getting around when a friend visits and you don’t have a spare one to share.

  6. My problem with the Electric car idea is that it feeds the assumption that we can keep going as before, just with a nice clean fuel so we don’t need to feel guilty. Cars have other problems other than propulsion method: They take up too much space, they encourage sprawl so people get stuck and can’t use other forms of transport, and they use a lot of energy.
    If we could get the idea of having a decent transport system, coupled with a good cycle infrastructure, and development that keeps everything within walkable distances of home or public transport, we could find that most of us don’t need an electric car. As it is I feart that proven alternatives will be sacrificed on the electric car bandwagon.

  7. Hi thanks for this wonderful post about a wonderful car. Yes it looks very impressive. Both the looks, the specifications and the fact that it”™s totally green. What more can we ask from a car manufacturer. It Pod certainly has futuristic looks as well. Seems to be a great green vehicle. Hope it catches on and becomes a major phenomenon.

    Thumbs up for the Pod!

  8. Hey Andy,

    That’s a good point. I guess the issue is that then we have to think about how feasible that is. Although it’s great to have city planning in which everything is walkable, what about the people who already live in the suburbs? We totally don’t want to encourage urban sprawl, but the environment isn’t going to be a compelling enough reason for most people to move to the city. Granted, a good infrastructure and not needing to drive might be… But how do we deal with what we already have? It’s like trying to change a tire while the wheels are still spinning–I don’t know if there’s any way to slow down.

    Also, interesting to think about… I know someone who’s a community organizer in Harlem, and they recently installed a bike lane on a major road–which seems like an environmental coup, right? But apparently there was a huge outcry because the residents weren’t consulted about the decision to do construction on their street, and they saw the bike lane as a sign of gentrification, which leads to increased rent prices, etc, and that worries them. I’m the Columns Editor at an environmental news site ( and this particular community organizer is going to be one of my columnists (we haven’t launched the columns section yet) so I don’t want to steal the thunder of letting him explain it himself, but it’s interesting to think about how complicated everything is, compared to how simple it seems. Interesting thoughts–don’t know if you want to discuss this further, but it’s something that really interests me.

  9. I can see your point, I don’t have a problem with this idea in itself- I think a small, slow electric vehicle could be part of a wider strategy involving walking, cycling, electric vehicles and public transport.

    To be fair, I don’t live in the US, but in Germany where development is much more compact, so even ‘suburbs’ are usually cyclable and walkable but even with the massive suburban lots in the US I’d have thought that there are more creative solutions than just making cars run on batteries.

    Cars are used a lot here as well, mainly because the transport system makes it easier: it doesn’t have to be that way.

    For example, in older suburbs here we have ‘Spielstrassen’ where the speed limit is 7km/h which makes people much safer walking and cycling. If that’s a bit radical, what about reducing the speed limits on streets and making driving routes less direct but allowing pedestrians and cyclists and busses to go through: we already have a technology to allow buses & emergency vehicles to carry a chip that makes barriers open, but cars have to go around. This would discourage car use and make all the streets more livable. Short distances would be by bike, longer distances by bike/electric car and bus/rail.

    I’m not against electric cars: my concern is that this will be seen as the only way forward, and other transport options will be laid aside, again, locking people into further car dependency.

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