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- Type: three-wheeled gas/electric hybrid
- Class: Motorcycle
- Manufacturer: Venture Vehicles Inc
- Propulsion system: small ICE connected to a 15-20 kW generator, a 50 kW drive motor, a four gallon fuel tank, and an advanced high capacity battery pack.
- Top Speed: 100 mph
- Zero-to-60: 7 seconds
- MPG: 100 mpg
- Vehicle range: 300 miles
- Fuel(s): Gasoline & electricity
- Tailpipe emissions: Yes
The Manufacturer Says...
"Imagine combining the performance feel of a sports car with the agility of a motorcycle. It adds up to an exhilarating driving experience that can only be compared to flying a jet fighter two feet off the ground."
The Critics Say...
"This looks like an excellent design and could be a lot of fun to drive but … seeing one running in the real world and comparing actual performance to projected numbers will make a lot of difference in how well this vehicle does in the marketplace. It does look nice, though." Thekneeslider.com
The VentureOne is a fully-enclosed, two-passenger, three-wheeled tilting vehicle that uses patented engineering called Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC) to allow the vehicle to tilt side to side as much as 45 degrees. Venture has plans for two different propulsion systems: a gas/electric hybrid (Venture e50 and Venture Q100) and an all-electric system (Venture EV), both of which will allow grid plug-in capability as well as regenerative braking.
What We Like
The performance. Over 100 mpg, a range of 300 miles, a top speed of 100 mph and zero-to-60 in seven seconds (naturally these figures are a bit lower for the EV).
The safety features. You know the world of mass transportation is changing when standard safety features on vehicles like the VentureOne include "side-impact rails" and "a steel roll cage".
The cockpit. The steering wheel resembles something from a high-performance fighter jet, and the driver is enclosed in a killer glass canopy that offers almost 360 degree visibility.
What We Don’t Like
The price. Actually, the proposed prices aren’t bad at all: for the hybrids, around $20,000, and for the EV, around $25,000. Yet as a niche vehicle, will even these prices prove too high for the average consumer?
We’re trying to imagine buyers of the VentureOne; lacking any storage space beyond that back seat, will it appeal mostly to motorcyclists, or maybe commuters? Either way, the VentureOne is innovative and daring, and we hope it finds its place in the market.
- Google News: The VentureOne
- Blog: The VentureOne
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