Cheaper than a Used Civic

The answer to your lousy commute.

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Smooth moves: The Voloci's suspension (below) absorbs bumps of urban proportions.

This is no ordinary scooter. Instead, it's the answer to your lousy commute. The all-electric Nova Cruz Voloci has a range of 50 miles and a top speed of 30 mph (the average commute is 11.6 miles at a speed of 33.6 mph), and its swing-arm suspension makes short shrift of everything from New York's potholes to San Francisco's hills. Plug it in when you get to the office, and its nickel-metal-hydride batteries re-energize before lunch. Prices start at $2,495.

Voloci vitals

Top speed: 30 mph

Acceleration: 0 to 20 mph in 5 seconds

Range: 50 miles (with extended battery pack)

Maximum grade: 25 percent

Charge Time: 3 hours

Charge cost: 5 cents

Price: $2,495