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Chinese farmer turns suitcases into ingenious electric scooter



From the “This is a real thing, we think” file comes the curious case of the Chinese farmer turned inventor of motorized suitcases.

He Liang, a farmer from China’s Hunan region, has invented and patented the ultimate rollaboard, or what he apparently calls the “multi-functional suitcase.” Photographed this week in Changsha, the motorized suitcase is said to weigh about 15-16 lbs. and is able to carry two people (or one well-fed American, maybe). With the help of a wheel hub electric motor in the single front wheel, the little three-wheeler can travel 50 to 60 kilometers—or 31 to 37 miles—on a full charge.

Maximum speed is 20 km per hour, which is somewhat faster than we would ever feel comfortable traveling on a three-wheeled box, and about as fast as a fleet-footed TSA agent could give chase in an airport concourse until he runs out of breath, or the rider runs into a stunned tourist who swears he just saw some loser coming toward him riding a suitcase.



The starter is a rotary switch on the tiny handlebar, and there appears to be a brake handle as well, and the three wheels are fixed in place. The farmer, according to local Chinese media, never finished primary school but spent 10 years building his self-propelled carry-on, which supposedly also sports some undetermined amount of cargo space and a nav system.

There are myriad reasons that riding a motorized suitcase is a terrible idea, beyond the sheer humiliation factor of riding a freakin’ motorized suitcase in public. For one thing, with no suspension and a rather ergonomically, um, flat seating situation, the motorized suitcase doesn’t look too comfortable, especially from what we remember about the quality of Chinese roads. Next, China’s chaotic roadways and sidewalks—sometimes one and the same—are treacherous enough in an armored military transport, let alone a rolling suitcase. And safety is, well, not.

If this idea takes off — and apparently He Liang has patented the idea, just in case — look for this “world’s lightest car” to make him a rich man. Suitcase racing series? Open a string of drive-through suitcase washes? Other variants like motorized guitar cases? If it can happen anywhere, it can happen there.
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Looks to me like a bear in a human suit. I hear that is fairly common in China.
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suite? sorry, too late, i have to take 5 points for spelling


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Fixed before you could type Panda Bare................nyok, nyok, nyok !
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bare....spelling, another -5 points


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also it is nyuk, not nyok. another 5 points


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What is this? Spelling Bee or an SLK board? Further.....I consulted with the last remaining stooge.........he said definitely it is Nyok, no Nyuk.
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there are no remaining stooges alive -5

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there are no remaining stooges alive -5

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nyuk
So...now you and the Urban Dictionary calling me a liar. I get my facts from Google and Wikipedia.

OK, does communicating with the spirit of Moe count? I stopped in Cassadega to consult with one on this weighty subject.
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I am Moe

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Frankly, I am at a loss for words. I will respond after I get over the hyperventilation and my disappointment at the rejection of my bid for the LA Glibbers.
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That happens to me also when I elucidate from my diagram


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also it is nyuk, not nyok. another 5 points
Yo Moe.......has the point deduction affected my Fico score or my body mass index by any chance? Inquiring minds want to know.
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I wouldn't trust the reliability of that scooter - it's Made in China …
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Yo Moe.......has the point deduction affected my Fico score or my body mass index by any chance? Inquiring minds want to know.
No, but my using your credit card has.


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No, but my using your credit card has.
Oh my........the Diners Club card was hacked by you? Or was it the Carte Blanche?

So, here is the deal........go to Bern's Steak House (1208 S. Howard) have a nice meal and tell them the JeffreyJ will take care of the bill. Let me know when you are done washing dishes...............
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I saw your picture hanging in Bern's

Wrong name, wrong guy, wrong picture and wrong pizzeria. Four wrongs do not make a right. Make a note and let it guide your moral compass. And....this is shining proof that bigger is better.
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