New 3-wheel Hybrid Vehicle- motorcycle killer carver?

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This is bit off-topic for me but piqued my curisoity.  The Venture is  a step closer to hitting the US shores.  It’s also backed by BMW which won’t hurt.  What is it?  A brand new 100 MPH+ 3-wheel motor-pod steet carver.  As they write in gizmag:

February 16, 2007 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. A key feature of the VentureOne is the patented Dynamic Vehicle Control tilting technology from Dutch-based Carver Engineering that allows the body of the vehicle to actually tilt when going through turns while all three wheels maintain firm contact with the road. Carver already sells petrol-engined versions of the machine, and the Phiaro 3-wheeler is also closely based on the Carver. But a plug-in hybrid with a 200 mile electric range and sportscar performance is very enticing. Production is not scheduled until late 2008 and Venture Vehicles will initially offer two propulsion packages for the VentureOne: the hybrid E50 and Q100, and all-electric Venture EV model. The US$23,000 all-electric model will top the range while the E50 hybrid will sell for US$18,000 and the Q100 hyrbid is expected to be priced under US$20,000.

check out the links to the compnay above to see some cool videos.  One concern, the thing is WAY low to the ground.  Not too cool with all those Hummers driving around…

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