Chrysler is making the highly anticipated GEM PeaPod vehicle available for order on Earth Day, April 22. Though you can order the $12,500 vehicle starting today, the first PeaPods will not actually be delivered until this fall.

Chrysler Peapod

Chrysler PeaPod

GEM, a Chrysler subsidiary, is making the next generation of electric vehicles available for order starting today, Earth Day.

The very eco-friendly car is meant to be a game-changer for the U.S. car company, which, as reported by Michelle Malkin, has been floundering while sucking up taxpayer dollars.

The PeaPod is an electric vehicle with a Jetson-like design. As reported here, PeaPod drivers will be able to use their IPhones as ignition keys for their PeaPods. Also, an IPhone application will allow them to monitor their carbon footprints while they drive.

Some reviewers have been far from impressed with the PeaPod. Truth About Cars believes it will be out of the market very quickly.

Why? Well, the PeaPod is not really a “car” in the traditional sense. It has a top speed of around 25 miles per hour. Since the PeaPod can’t go on major roads at that speed, Chrysler is marketing the vehicle to people who live in urban environments and need short rides around the neighborhood. I don’t know about that. Unless you are an environmentalist who does not need to get anywhere particularly fast and can’t ride a bicycle, you probably will not buy this car. $12,500 to go 25 mph sounds like a terrible deal. Oh, and did I mention you need to recharge it for hours after every 30 miles?

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against eco-friendly cars, but they need to be USEFUL on top of being eco-friendly. Our carbon footprints would be awfully small if we all rode around on Segways, but, as we all know, that thing proved to be useless to everyone except mall cops.

This thing seems like a Segway with a roof. I really hope my tax dollars will not go to develop more ideas like this.

See video regarding the PeaPod below:

Chrysler PeaPod