The William Shatner co-designed Rivet One trike with a Cadillac CTS-V's supercharged V8 is going into limited production, on a build-to-order basis. Shatner is riding one from Chicago to Los Angeles laster this year.
Connecticut is the latest state to decide that the Polaris Slingshot is not a motorcycle and therefore can't be registered for the road there. It appears that the only solution is for Polaris to go to the legislature to create a separate designation for vehicles like its three-wheeler.
Yamaha really seems to enjoy imagining three-wheeled vehicles. The company recently patented an electric trike concept and it introduced the Tricity in Europe this year. For the 2014 Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, German, the Japanese company is taking the idea in a sporty direction with its 01GEN concept to envision a future dual-sport model capable of going just about anywhere.
Recent patent filings appear to indicate that Yamaha might be thinking about bringing a leaning, three-wheeled electric scooter to the US. While the idea of a trike cycle is hardly new – after all Yamaha already has its own Tricity – this one would have its dual wheels in the back with each one powered by its own electric motor. According to Visor Down, the Japanese company submitted for an application on the same vehicle in Europe, as well.
If there's one thing that the likes of Morgan and Campagna have taught us, it's that a three-wheeled roadster can be one heck of a fun ride, bringing together the best elements of a motorbike and a sports car (albeit with none of the practicality). And now they've got a new challenger on their hands in the form of the Slingshot.
Toyota brought its new i-Road, a three-wheeled, all-electric low-speed vehicle that debuted in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, to the Capitol for some of our elected officials to test out. As easy as it is to forget that politicians are people, too, it was refreshing to see a human side to many of them as they zipped about one of the Capitol's many meeting rooms.
Of all the electric vehicle start-ups we've been covering from the years past, very few are still with us (who here remembers Phoenix or Aptera or Th!nk?). Arcimoto, which first unveiled its EV in 2009, has not taken the EV world by storm, but it is still around. That counts for something, but we also just got the company's January 2014 news and updates. Here's what's been happening with the Oregon-based electric trike company.
It's been about a year since we first heard about the Polaris Slingshot, and it looks like the side-by-side trike is a little closer to hitting the road. Thanks to a report from Asphalt and Rubber, we now have our best look yet at the Slingshot, as well as a press release from Polaris all but confirming the three-wheeler will go on sale in 2014.
We've seen lots of promotional images of the upcoming Elio three-wheeled, high-efficiency vehicle, but now Elio Motors is ready to show the trike to the world at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, which starts next week. The vehicle will be on display at the ShowStoppers area of CES and is scheduled to arrive on the US market in about a year. "First quarter of 2015" is the official time frame.
Ever hear of the ELF sun-powered tricycle that offers both pedal power and a solar-powered electric motor? We hadn't either (hat tip to Phillip A.), but it's finally getting a bit of attention from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, CNN and on A&E TV's Shipping Wars, where "Cowgirl Jennifer" Brennan delivered two ELFs to Iowa and Illinois. The photo gallery below shows off ELF details like battery range specs, info on the 60-watt PV solar panel, dual disc brakes and optional fiber carbon
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.
The Morgan 3 Wheeler has a special sort of universal appeal: many people will admire it, but only a few will actually buy one. Case in point, Morgan says in a November press release that 1,000 of the 25,950-pound ($41,917) vehicles have been delivered to customers since it was introduced in 2011, and the retro trike is Morgan's top seller.
Just what defines a three-wheeled vehicle? You'd think it would be the number of wheels, but the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and its Three-Wheel Vehicle Working Group has been thinking about exactly this question, and has come up with a more nuanced definition that could have a big effect on the EV market. After all, we dare you to name all of the three-wheeled high-mpg or plug-in electric vehicles we've featured over the years.