Saturday, 29. November 2014
16. 04. 14. - 15:45
An Austrian company is making waves after they came up with the idea of taking a jet ski – and fitting it with wheels.
The company that took the jet ski out of the water and put it on the road as an electric vehicle capable of going 50 miles on a single charge say that after unveiling the idea they were flooded with requests – and are now working round the clock to meet demand. Customers that have been in touch include electricity firms, McDonald's, the German Post Office and Vienna airport.
The jet ski on wheels known as the Jetflyer works in exactly the same way as its water bound brother, with the same sort of construction for steering that involves moving the front console. The other big difference of course is the fact it has an electric motor.
The Jetflyer can manage a top speed of just over 30 mph and it only takes an hour and a half to fully charge the battery, making it particularly interesting for companies that cannot afford to have their vehicles out of action for long periods of time.
And with every device being hand-finished to suit the customer, they have already created a model for golfers and another for firemen.
Company manager Michael Ritt said: "This year we are going to increase production of the Jetflyer up to 700 vehicles, most of which will be going to customers in Switzerland, Spain, Austria, and also with significant numbers going to Germany and Turkey.
"One of the popular things is our promotional offer 'Move my own vehicle' where the customer gets to help with the building of the machine by making all the individual requirements that they might need."
Known locally as the Styrian Segway because it is based in Stainz, a region in the Austrian province of Styria, the success of the new vehicle follows on from the success of their lightweight electric scooter known as the U-Carver which can go 25 kilometres and only needs an hour to charge.
This year the total production of Jetflyer vehicles will be 1,700 as well as 3,000 U-Carver scooters, and the company are taking on more staff to meet demand.
Panda Dies Of Horrific Injuries After Savage Attack
A three-year-old wild Giant Panda left badly wounded in the Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve in China after an attack by yellow-throated martens has died of its wounds.
Food Jewellery Craze In Japan
The designers call it modern art, and claim it is designed for the woman who wants a guarantee she will stand out at the next dinner party.
Darth Vader Taken Out By Street Sign
Darth Vader and a pair of Imperial Stormtroopers felt the force of a blow from a road sign after not paying attention while hitting the campaign trail.
How An Austrian Park Every Year Becomes A Lake
Spectacular images that show how a park becomes a lake each spring complete with underwater trees have been captured by two divers.
Mad About Mammoths At Vienna Museum
A unique exhibition in the Austrian capital Vienna has proved a massive hit after bringing together for the first time some of the most famous frozen woolly mammoth remains.
Controversy Over Advert For Fucking Hell Beer
An Austrian political party has defended a decision to promote a local beer named after the village of Fucking.
Luigi Restaurant Cooks Up Delicious Delights For Winter Season
Brothers Luigi and Leo Doci who own the renowned Luigi restaurant chain will be cooking up a storm in Semmering this winter.
Church Porn Star In Court
A Polish-born woman who made a video of herself masturbating in church is facing six months in jail after a viewer called police when he recognised the woman.
Hugh Grant Cuddles Lamb On Animal Farm With Mrs Glock
Hugh Grant led a star-studded turnout at Austria's animal farm project which unveiled its Christmas market this week.
Cheating Wife Buries Hubby Alive For New Lover
A woman who married her sister’s fiance and then attacked him with a knife before burying him alive so she could be with her new lover is facing life in jail.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Chicken Farmer Jailed For Hacking Off Lovers Head And Fingers|
|How An Austrian Park Every Year Becomes A Lake|
|Orphanage Staff Say They Hit Kids So Hard It Tired Them Out|
|Outrage Over Slapping Of Baby Panda|
|Stag Do Brit Had Taken Cocaine Admit Family|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.