What does the three-wheeled, super-efficient Elio have in common with a gas-guzzling Hummer? Both use a standard internal combustion engine in favor of a hybrid or electric setup, and the Elio will be built in the same Louisiana factory that once hummed to the tune of H3 production. The similarities end there.
Normally in our Crowdfunding Combat series we pick two similar Kickstarter projects and pit them head to head against one another in a winner-takes-all combat to the death (minus the whole death part), but not this week. In this edition of Crowdfunding Combat we will take a look at three new-age tricycles, the urban mobility-inspired Me-Mover and Halfbike, as well as the showier Verrado Electric Drift Trike by Local Motors.
There's always something new and intriguing left sitting on the deck whenever Local Motors news washes over the Autoblog transom. Lest you think the company only deals in wild off-road tackle like the Rally Fighter, 'tis not the case: it sells the SoulArc skateboard and the Laser Bike Lane Light, the crowd-sourced motorcycle design is now for sale. It also just successfully funded the Local Motors Cruiser, a motorized bicycle. This time, we get the spirit of Big Wheels and Green Machines past in
Here's a challenge: go outside, grab a tricycle and cover 400 miles. Doesn't sound like a lot of fun, does it? Now, imagine you're covering those 400 miles in 50-mile-per-hour winds. Also, you're on unstable ice that can be hiding massive crevasses. Finally, it's 31 degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero and you're likely to encounter white-out-producing snow storms. That little bike ride sounds a lot less appealing now, doesn't it?
Did you know that the gents from Top Gear do a lot more than just make us all laugh on the telly for a few Sundays each year? It's true, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May all have other projects, newspaper columns or TV shows to keep them busy, but predictably, these aren't your average day jobs.
Our history with the tricycle is somewhat spotty. The inherently unbalanced design is only associated with skinned knees and brushes with asphalt in our memories, but apparently not everyone had the same experience. A trio of daredevils have taken to slinging themselves down mountain passes on modified big-boy trikes with nothing but the soles of their shoes for deceleration. Judging by the footage after the jump, the crew can crest speeds of 55 miles per hour, blowing by traffic and generally a
Ever wonder what it's like to hike across the massive Amazon Rainforest, the most species-rich tract of land in the world? Well, wonder no more 'cause Google Street View will take you inside the tropical rainforest, which is shortlisted as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation.
Dreamed up by Monash University industrial design student, Alexander Vittouris, the Ajiro bamboo tricycle is one of the most intriguing modes of transport we've ever seen. On looks alone, the Ajiro is impressive. But it's Vittouris' approach to design that could revolutionize the world.
You may have noticed that a lot of new "green" cars not only lack a large carbon footprint but they also seem to be missing something else; a fourth wheel. Recently the three-wheel configuration has been appearing in various forms of vehicles, from the space-age Aptera to the a-bit-more-than-a-motorcycle Piaggio Mp3. With this seeming flood of tricycles sloshing about one question needs a clear answer: "Why do so many green cars only have three wheels?"
You remember the whole debate about whether, for short-distance trips, driving or walking is better for the environment? I want those calculations reconfigured with one of these three-wheeled running bikes factored in. A Designboom reader submitted this new idea for human-powered transportation. There's a video below that shows the machine in action, but the idea is that you hop on the seat, run and - when you're going as fast as you'd like to, just place your feet on the bars and coast for a wh