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
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) n
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