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Old 01-30-2011, 02:19 PM   #1
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I just got back from a trip to China, where these 3-wheel vehicles are fairly popular.

I think they look appealing for mostly around-town driving. But since I do all long-haul interstate driving, at that speed I'm nervous about the safety of the vehicles.

Anyone ever driven one?

http://www.psfk.com/2009/01/three-wh...in-the-us.html

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Old 01-30-2011, 03:47 PM   #2
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=130OVZcMEcA

need i say more.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:15 PM   #3
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Hah! Hilarious. Is that not the music from the madcap endings of the Benny Hill Show?
I can't imagine any practical use for such a vehicle in the good ole' U.S. of A. Having escaped from the Big Apple, arguably the most congested of American cities where one might believe such a vehicle useful, I can wholeheartledly advise against it.
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Put some wheel skirts and a boat tail on that thing fer sure...

Bring the top speed from 65mph to 90mph...
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:03 PM   #5
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they actually put a much bigger motor in those things from the factory. it would do wheelies. I dont know what reliant was thinking with that thing.
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I'd prefer one of these baby's any day of the week:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJfSS0ZXYdo

Watch the part later in the video where he brings it into the office!
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:15 AM   #7
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we don't get any of the good cars here!
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Not bad- but I seriously doubt the 70 mpg at 45 mph claim especially from a 650cc engine.
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Stability issues? Invert the triangle.



Aptera Motors has rolled out the first pre-production model of the 2e, an all-electric three-wheeled two-seater that gets the equivalent of 200 mpg and goes 100 miles on a charge. It’s a significant milestone for the Southern California startup.

A lithium-ion battery powers an electric motor that can propel the car from zero to 60 in less than 10 seconds on its way to a top speed of 90 mph.

With a coefficient of drag around 0.15, the 2e is even more aerodynamic than the General Motors EV1, the most aerodynamic production car ever built. The 2e’s ultralight weight of just 1,700 pounds also contributes to its efficiency.

Affordable is a relative term when you’re talkin’ EVs, and the 2e is expected to cost you something more than $25,000 but less than $45,000. That’s a pretty wide range, and it includes such mass-market cars as the next-gen Toyota Prius hybrid, the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt range-extended EV and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric city car that may or may not be coming to America.

The first models will be classed as motorcycles and available only in California, but Aptera hopes to sell it nationwide.
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/01/1st-pre-product/

http://www.aptera.com
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