Called the "world's first e-quadricycle," a small EV from Ample International was on display at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) in Los Angeles this week. Named the Eo, the one-seat (or two- or three-seat) vehicle has a maximum speed of 65 kilometers per hour (40 miles per hour) and has a range of 200 km (124 miles), according to a representative at the booth. Ample's Shida Zheng told the Neon Tommy website, that, "It is a four-wheeled motorcycle, completely powered by electricity."
2009 Zero S electric motorcycle - Click above for high-res image gallery
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Back at the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica last fall, we came upon the AMPLE booth and a big sign talking about how you can save $45,000 when you pre-order one of their plug-in electric hybrids. AMPLE Motion was saying that you could get a PHEV at some point in the future by paying just $47,999 (for the E600 "Epipany" class sedan) or $29,999 (for the R300 "Robust" compact class truck) now. Of course, these vehicles don't exist just yet, but that isn't stopping AMPLE from making big claims.
When we last spoke to Ample Motion, they were offering a special deal to visitors at the Santa Monica Alt Car Expo. Namely, a steep discount on the 2010 R300 plug-in truck. Turns out the $29,999 offer is still good thanks to what the company claims was an "overwhelming response."
The headline above is what we call a "bait & switch," and it recreates the feeling I got when I approached the AMPLE Motion booth at the AltCar Expo. AMPLE, a new company incorporated on Earth Day this year, is trying an unusual strategy to get the word out about its plug-in hybrid vehicles that are scheduled to arrive in 2010: super deep pre-order discounts. While the company's 2010 R300 plug-in truck will normally cost $75,000, the first thirty people to pre-order will be on the hook for o