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Old 08-05-2017, 12:26 AM   #1741 (permalink)
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Bill, is your next project shoehorning a Prius drivetrain into a Metro?

Had you decided to make a trike instead of your Firebrid, how far would you have been by now?

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Old 08-05-2017, 05:21 AM   #1742 (permalink)
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More like plunk a G10 into an Elio chassis. Or better yet a kei car 660cc unit.
Something nice about the Elio is that nearly everything between a 300cc single-cylinder to any inline-3 up to 1200cc would be a good match. But anyway, I'd probably be more willing to try that Honda NC750 inline-2 instead of the inline-3 ones fitted to modern kei cars, in an attempt to decrease friction and pumping losses.
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Old 08-05-2017, 11:13 AM   #1743 (permalink)
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It might make a nice Electric Vehicle.
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It might make a nice Electric Vehicle.
Though an EV is not my cup of tea, sure the Elio could be turned into one. However, due to the tight space availability for the fitment of battery packs, controllers and all the associated hardware, presumably it would be better to use hub-motors in order to clear space for reasonably-sized battery packs.
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Old 08-06-2017, 01:00 PM   #1745 (permalink)
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Much like the Mother Earth News 3VG trike, the inline seating just has little appeal for passengers. Yes, you would still need a motorcycle license. It is a case of running before learning to walk as far as the manufacturing goes. A 300 - 700 cc motorcycle with a low drag body shell should easily fit the price and mileage benchmarks. An electric version would cost twice as much and weight double. It could be cost effective for commuting where the weather isn't too cold.
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You are right about the cost, $11.9K vs $6.9K, but:

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Weight & Measures Overall Length: 108″ Overall Width: 61.5″ Max Height: 61″ Ground Clearance: 6″ Wheelbase: 77.5″ Track Width: 56.5″ Weight: 1,023lb
https://www.arcimoto.com/vehicle/

How much does the Elio weigh?
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the inline seating just has little appeal for passengers
Sure it's not so appealing, but I guess there is a right marketing approach to overcome this issue. Why not trying to compare it with the tandem-seating used in some fighter jets?


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Yes, you would still need a motorcycle license.
In countries like Uruguay, a tricycle with a car-like cockpit can be driven with a regular car license.
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The trick is a little inside mirror so they can make eye contact. ...without turning their heads.
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Yes, but she can't slug you if you say something rude The offset seating as in some aircraft where one seat is a foot behind the other might work.
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Yes, but she can't slug you if you say something rude The offset seating as in some aircraft where one seat is a foot behind the other might work.
YOU never learned to fly a super cub? I got the back of my head whacked many times.

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