Terra Thinks Trikes
When you think of Japan-based vehicle manufacturers, presumably companies like Toyota, Honda, and Nissan come to mind.
But Terra Motors?
Don’t feel badly about not knowing about it.
For one thing, the Tokyo-based company—which has branch offices and factories in Vietnam and Bangladesh—wasn’t established until 2010.
And it doesn’t make cars.
Instead, it focuses on electric vehicles. . .with two or three wheels, not four.
Indeed, according to Toru Tokushige, CEO and founder of Terra Motors, “We aim to be the number-one tricycle manufacturer in the world.”
Toward that end, it will be launching the R6 early next year.
The vehicle, which has a lead-acid battery, has an estimated range on the order of 90 to 100 km and a top speed of 40 km/h. Or that’s 56 to 62 miles and 25 mph.
The e-rickshaw has a capacity of seven people, as in one driver and six passengers.
The company aims to sell 10,000 electric three wheelers in 2015. In India.
While you are probably familiar with origami, the classic art of paper folding that results in things like birds that flap their wings when you pull the tail, or plot devices in one of the Blade Runner films.
The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.