Is there something in the water? Iâ€™m wondering why because after decades of draught we now have several new and cool 3 wheel designs? (Link, Link, Link) Not since Buckminster Fuller designed his Dymaxion Car has there been so much interest in three wheel transport.
The VentureOne tandem tilt tricycle is a sleek design that keeps the center of gravity safely on the inside of a turn by a patented tilting mechanism. The VentureOne owes much to an earlier prototype called the â€œCarverâ€ which is a clunkier design but shows the potential of a tilting 3 wheeler. (Check out this fantastic video)
The VentureOne as currently designed comes with either a hybrid drivetrain or as an all electric vehicle. The Hybrid propulsion system consists of a small internal combustion engine connected to a generator. Electricity powers two in-wheel 25 kW electric motors. Energy storage is provided for by a four gallon fuel tank and a 3 kWh Li-Ion battery pack. The system uses â€œregenerativeâ€ braking where wheel motors become generators and pump energy back into the batteries.
The VentureOne's electric
propulsion system has two in-wheel 20 kW electric motors, and a 17 kWh
Li-Ion battery pack. Like the Hybrid system the electric Venture is able to
return energy lost due to braking to the battery.
Powered by either its hybrid or all-electric drivetrain, and combined with its low weight, the VentureOne is extremely energy-efficient, has low or no emissions, and provides a practical and economical alternative to other low-emission concepts. Moreover, it looks like a lot of fun to drive.
The manufacturer, Venture Vehicles states that all three models will exceed 100 mpg in fuel efficiency, and achieve speeds of over 100mph.
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