Plug-in Hybrid Lightcycle

The plug-in hybrid carving three-wheeler from Venture

For the daily commute, a quick trip to the grocery, or escaping from the Master Control Program’s fleet of recognizers:

Gizmodo:

Venture Vehicles has formally announced in Los Angeles, the development of a revolutionary (not to mention very cool), 3-wheel, tilting, plug-in Hybrid vehicle under the working name VentureOne. It’s a two-passenger Hybrid vehicle that will get 100 mpg, accelerate from 0-60 in 6 seconds, will have a top speed of over 100 mph, while being priced at under US$20,000. In addition to the low-emission, flex-fuel Hybrid model, a zero-emission all-electric version is also being developed that will have an all-electric range of nearly 200 miles.

TRON, here we come:

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Check out the VentureOne’s official page at FlyTheRoad.com.

Let Glenn Reynolds blog about Mazda RX8s. Send Murdoc one of these babies for Testing and Evaluation and you’ll get all the lightcycle blogging you can handle.

Video of a test drive below:

Comments

  1. I’ve been following the Carver ever since I heard about it on Top Gear. I can’t wait for a sub-20k version. I’m going to do everything I can to get my hands on one. The Q100 looks particularly exciting.

  2. Zero Emissions’? That’s incredibly misleading. Where does the electricity come from? Even nuclear, solar, wind and hydroelectric power plants create some emissions (e.g. concrete emits lots of CO2 as it sets, hydroelectric dams flood wooded areas, the wood decays, and heavy industry is required for the manufacture of solar panels and wind turbines). I don’t think there’s anything humans do that has ‘0 emissions’.. especially not power a motorised vehicle. It’s pretty cool but I think it’s dishonest to label it with that term.

  3. Stefan: I hadn’t heard of it before. Very cool. Nicholas: Yes, you’re right of course. Still, if we can push the emissions back up the ‘pipeline’ we’re making headway. Then we build lots of big nukular power plants.

  4. Yes, I agree, that seems like a very sensible idea. I just object to the inaccurate characterisation. Then again I suppose ‘potentially lower emissions vehicle’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it. I think the main thing about new technology like this is that the price has to come down. Correct me if I am wrong but for US$20k you can buy a nice car which will hold a whole family in comfort, including dog(s) and luggage, not just two people and a bit of shopping. Now if they can get these things to a price where they compete with the price of a motorbike then I’m totally sold.

  5. Too bad it’s a 1F2R – that is, 1 Front 2 Wheel configuration. Imagine driving down a country road and entering into a turn a little too fast. Step on the brakes, and your weight transfers to the outside front corner…..except there’s no wheel there to hold ‘er up! Can you say ‘outside barrell roll’?. 2F1R is MUCH better!