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2018-08-09 12:17:52 PM  
The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.
 
2018-08-09 12:30:07 PM  

Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.


They'd have to pay me $50K for me to even ride in that Reliant Robin knock-off.
 
2018-08-09 12:36:40 PM  

phalamir: Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.

They'd have to pay me $50K for me to even ride in that Reliant Robin knock-off.


To be fair, the Robin's singular wheel is in the front, which makes it a might tippy.  It's also basically got a lawnmower engine and is built to withstand impacts just slightly less than a speed bump, which it can't crest without stalling anyway.

Yeah, it looks like the vehicular equivalent of the half-man from Freaks, but if it is indeed $15k or under (with federal credits) it'll probably find a market.  A niche market, to be sure.
 
2018-08-09 01:06:39 PM  
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2018-08-09 01:25:30 PM  

Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.

They'd have to pay me $50K for me to even ride in that Reliant Robin knock-off.

To be fair, the Robin's singular wheel is in the front, which makes it a might tippy.  It's also basically got a lawnmower engine and is built to withstand impacts just slightly less than a speed bump, which it can't crest without stalling anyway.

Yeah, it looks like the vehicular equivalent of the half-man from Freaks, but if it is indeed $15k or under (with federal credits) it'll probably find a market.  A niche market, to be sure.


And that niche will be tumped over in the ditch
 
2018-08-09 01:28:01 PM  
I can't believe someone thought this was a good idea.
 
2018-08-09 01:29:52 PM  

phalamir: Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.

They'd have to pay me $50K for me to even ride in that Reliant Robin knock-off.

To be fair, the Robin's singular wheel is in the front, which makes it a might tippy.  It's also basically got a lawnmower engine and is built to withstand impacts just slightly less than a speed bump, which it can't crest without stalling anyway.

Yeah, it looks like the vehicular equivalent of the half-man from Freaks, but if it is indeed $15k or under (with federal credits) it'll probably find a market.  A niche market, to be sure.

And that niche will be tumped over in the ditch


Depends on where the weight distribution is.  It looks like most of it is up front where the two wheels are, which would give it a decent amount of stability.  It's still gonna cartwheel if T-boned, and whoever's inside isn't likely to survive with exactly zero airbags anywhere.
 
2018-08-09 01:32:38 PM  
"The fact that the car has three wheels means that it is not, in most places, considered a car. That frees the Solo from having to comply with various regulations... "

Legally it's a motorcycle.
 
2018-08-09 01:32:46 PM  
That looks awesome.  Wide in front for good cornering, visibility and crash protection, small in back because it's a car for one and easy parking, probably taxed like a motorcycle.
 
2018-08-09 01:33:52 PM  
"3 Wheel Electric Deathtrap" is the name of my Tesla tribute band.
 
2018-08-09 01:37:41 PM  
It looks like it would be fun to back up and park next to a school, then to decorate the wall like so.
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Great for senior pranks, but I can't see a practical use for the thing.
 
2018-08-09 01:40:01 PM  

Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.

They'd have to pay me $50K for me to even ride in that Reliant Robin knock-off.

To be fair, the Robin's singular wheel is in the front, which makes it a might tippy.  It's also basically got a lawnmower engine and is built to withstand impacts just slightly less than a speed bump, which it can't crest without stalling anyway.

Yeah, it looks like the vehicular equivalent of the half-man from Freaks, but if it is indeed $15k or under (with federal credits) it'll probably find a market.  A niche market, to be sure.

And that niche will be tumped over in the ditch

Depends on where the weight distribution is.  It looks like most of it is up front where the two wheels are, which would give it a decent amount of stability.  It's still gonna cartwheel if T-boned, and whoever's inside isn't likely to survive with exactly zero airbags anywhere.


Airbags are kind of stupid, seatbelts are where it's at. Airbags exist basically because Americans are too stupid to wear their seatbelts, but at the same time willing to sue if they get hurt while not wearing their seatbelt.
 
2018-08-09 01:46:19 PM  
Looks like a great way to be impaled by the steering column of the car behind you when it rear-ends you.
 
2018-08-09 01:54:26 PM  

Jormungandr: Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.

They'd have to pay me $50K for me to even ride in that Reliant Robin knock-off.

To be fair, the Robin's singular wheel is in the front, which makes it a might tippy.  It's also basically got a lawnmower engine and is built to withstand impacts just slightly less than a speed bump, which it can't crest without stalling anyway.

Yeah, it looks like the vehicular equivalent of the half-man from Freaks, but if it is indeed $15k or under (with federal credits) it'll probably find a market.  A niche market, to be sure.

And that niche will be tumped over in the ditch

Depends on where the weight distribution is.  It looks like most of it is up front where the two wheels are, which would give it a decent amount of stability.  It's still gonna cartwheel if T-boned, and whoever's inside isn't likely to survive with exactly zero airbags anywhere.

Airbags are kind of stupid, seatbelts are where it's at. Airbags exist basically because Americans are too stupid to wear their seatbelts, but at the same time willing to sue if they get hurt while not wearing their seatbelt.


That has to be the worst explanation about air bags I have ever seen.  Thats like saying the shoulder harness seatbelt was invented because people were to stupid to not hit their head on the steering wheel, windshield, or just simply flying out of the vehicle after a crash..
 
2018-08-09 01:55:00 PM  
If I didn't have a kid (and therefore the need for a vehicle big enough for a car-seat, stroller, diaper bag, etc, I would totally buy one of these for my daily commute.
 
2018-08-09 01:58:14 PM  

brizzle365: people were to stupid to not hit their head on the steering wheel, windshield, or just simply flying out of the vehicle after a crash..


Well, you're not wrong...
 
2018-08-09 02:15:01 PM  

Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.


Later in article.

The company is also developing a two-seat electric sports car called the Tofino that's set to go on sale next year. Plans call for a top speed of 125 mile an hour and range of up to 250 miles with a price around $50,000.

50k for a sports call the company is also developing
 
2018-08-09 02:26:24 PM  
I really, REALLY want to see the design team's brief for that.  I imagine it goes something like this:

"We want something that says, 'electric' and 'edgy' and 'you will hate me', so make it look like one of those tiny little European things that gets special parking privileges.  But at the same time we want it to be familiar and comforting and cheap, so make it also look like the most generic mid-90's mid-sized shiatbox you can imagine.  Run with it!"

Seriously.  What were they THINKING?
 
2018-08-09 02:30:18 PM  

brizzle365: Jormungandr: Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.

They'd have to pay me $50K for me to even ride in that Reliant Robin knock-off.

To be fair, the Robin's singular wheel is in the front, which makes it a might tippy.  It's also basically got a lawnmower engine and is built to withstand impacts just slightly less than a speed bump, which it can't crest without stalling anyway.

Yeah, it looks like the vehicular equivalent of the half-man from Freaks, but if it is indeed $15k or under (with federal credits) it'll probably find a market.  A niche market, to be sure.

And that niche will be tumped over in the ditch

Depends on where the weight distribution is.  It looks like most of it is up front where the two wheels are, which would give it a decent amount of stability.  It's still gonna cartwheel if T-boned, and whoever's inside isn't likely to survive with exactly zero airbags anywhere.

Airbags are kind of stupid, seatbelts are where it's at. Airbags exist basically because Americans are too stupid to wear their seatbelts, but at the same time willing to sue if they get hurt while not wearing their seatbelt.

That has to be the worst explanation about air bags I have ever seen.  Thats like saying the shoulder harness seatbelt was invented because people were to stupid to not hit their head on the steering wheel, windshield, or just simply flying out of the vehicle after a crash..


Except that is literally what happened in the United States of America.  Early airbags had to inflate fast enough to catch a 150lb man not wearing a seatbelt because "nobody wears seatbelts".  And when air bags were "mandated" you could get around it by those stupid "automatic seatbelt attachers" (again demanded because "nobody wore seatbelts").

I think by 2000 the NTSB finally relented and allowed crash tests to be done with with crash dummies who wear seatbelts, but officially "nobody wears seatbelts" because otherwise some government programs might get cut.  Until then the airbags had to be designed for 150lbs of unbelted Mericun (hopefully they will wise up and realize only Mericun children are 150lbs or less).

/6'5" ~230lbs, needs *all* the headroom.
//loved my first gen airbag.  Needed that power *plus* my seatbelt to stop my mass
///not as sure about my current car
 
2018-08-09 02:31:02 PM  
Polaris Slingshot plus a rain coat FTW
 
2018-08-09 02:31:26 PM  
Rolling a Reliant Robin - Top Gear - BBC
Youtube QQh56geU0X8
 
2018-08-09 02:34:09 PM  
Slingshot is already on the market
I think they sale in the upper 20s
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2018-08-09 03:06:43 PM  
Hey, that's great about the car.  But what kind of crazy shiat does the CEO tweet?  I want to know if I should invest in this IPO.
 
2018-08-09 03:27:02 PM  
With that reduced rear surface area and lack of passenger seating its going to be that much harder to push out of a rut in winter.  Also looks a little low to the ground for morning winter travel in general.  You know the morning winter travel where the first and last mile of your journey is through un-plowed snow.

On the plus side I bet backing that through a drive way snow berm would cut like an ice breaker, so there's that.
 
2018-08-09 03:45:08 PM  

lordargent: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/QQh56geU​0X8]


Worth watching for the Starsky and Hutch scene alone.
 
2018-08-09 03:47:26 PM  
The Sparrow was (and is) much cooler. And it can handle a passenger.
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2018-08-09 04:26:02 PM  

This text is now purple: "The fact that the car has three wheels means that it is not, in most places, considered a car. That frees the Solo from having to comply with various regulations... "

Legally it's a motorcycle.


Safety-wise it's even worse. Remember that only extremely dumb people are going to drive these so the accident and injury rates will be sky high.
 
2018-08-09 04:27:38 PM  
I dunno that thing'll be a hockey puck in Merica, Detroit, Philly, NYC street slap shot.
 
2018-08-09 04:31:49 PM  

Kurohone: I really, REALLY want to see the design team's brief for that.  I imagine it goes something like this:

"We want something that says, 'electric' and 'edgy' and 'you will hate me', so make it look like one of those tiny little European things that gets special parking privileges.  But at the same time we want it to be familiar and comforting and cheap, so make it also look like the most generic mid-90's mid-sized shiatbox you can imagine.  Run with it!"

Seriously.  What were they THINKING?


This has roughly the same performance specs, but it seats two and looks anything but generic:

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2018-08-09 04:35:40 PM  

This text is now purple: "The fact that the car has three wheels means that it is not, in most places, considered a car. That frees the Solo from having to comply with various regulations... "

Legally it's a motorcycle.


THIS^^
Have fun driving around in the cab with a motorcycle helmet on, idiots.

FTFA: The Electra Meccanica Solo is a tiny three-wheeled car designed for those times when all you need is to get yourself, and only yourself, from one place to another. It's basic transportation at its most basic.

No it isn't.
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2018-08-09 04:47:37 PM  
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2018-08-09 05:06:48 PM  

dwlah: Slingshot is already on the market
I think they sale in the upper 20s
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OK, now that is cool looking.  The one in the article looks like it was designed by a committee.

Reverse trikes are surprisingly safe & agile, even in snow.  Not perfect but most of the negative mythology about them is just that: myth.  And electric is the future, no matter what the erectile dysfunctionals who keep the SUV market afloat think.

Even if the USA is too juvenile to accept these the Asian market will fall over themselves to get them.  Tightly packed urban cities like Beijing and Tokyo are where these sort of tiny electric vehicles will flourish.
 
2018-08-09 05:29:32 PM  

phalamir: Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.

They'd have to pay me $50K for me to even ride in that Reliant Robin knock-off.


What a knocked-off Reliant Robin might look like:

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2018-08-09 05:32:12 PM  

wage0048: If I didn't have a kid (and therefore the need for a vehicle big enough for a car-seat, stroller, diaper bag, etc, I would totally buy one of these for my daily commute.


It's a nice second or third car. This for the daily commute and a full sized sedan or SUV for hauling kids and groceries. I can see it being moderately profitable.
 
2018-08-09 06:18:39 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: wage0048: If I didn't have a kid (and therefore the need for a vehicle big enough for a car-seat, stroller, diaper bag, etc, I would totally buy one of these for my daily commute.

It's a nice second or third car. This for the daily commute and a full sized sedan or SUV for hauling kids and groceries. I can see it being moderately profitable.


Agreed, but one seat?  They couldn't even stick in a second seat behind or something?

Seems like a paIn to not have any options.  I guess it works if you are single and no kids, but I often find myself having to pick someone up at the last minute or on the way home.  Well, I guess that not everything is made for me after all.
 
2018-08-09 06:36:07 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: brizzle365: Jormungandr: Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: phalamir: Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.

They'd have to pay me $50K for me to even ride in that Reliant Robin knock-off.

To be fair, the Robin's singular wheel is in the front, which makes it a might tippy.  It's also basically got a lawnmower engine and is built to withstand impacts just slightly less than a speed bump, which it can't crest without stalling anyway.

Yeah, it looks like the vehicular equivalent of the half-man from Freaks, but if it is indeed $15k or under (with federal credits) it'll probably find a market.  A niche market, to be sure.

And that niche will be tumped over in the ditch

Depends on where the weight distribution is.  It looks like most of it is up front where the two wheels are, which would give it a decent amount of stability.  It's still gonna cartwheel if T-boned, and whoever's inside isn't likely to survive with exactly zero airbags anywhere.

Airbags are kind of stupid, seatbelts are where it's at. Airbags exist basically because Americans are too stupid to wear their seatbelts, but at the same time willing to sue if they get hurt while not wearing their seatbelt.

That has to be the worst explanation about air bags I have ever seen.  Thats like saying the shoulder harness seatbelt was invented because people were to stupid to not hit their head on the steering wheel, windshield, or just simply flying out of the vehicle after a crash..

Except that is literally what happened in the United States of America.  Early airbags had to inflate fast enough to catch a 150lb man not wearing a seatbelt because "nobody wears seatbelts".  And when air bags were "mandated" you could get around it by those stupid "automatic seatbelt attachers" (again demanded because "nobody wore seatbelts").

I think by 2000 the NTSB finally relented and allowed crash tests ...


Pretty sure the Euro NCAP safety standards mandate a much lower charge to inflate airbags than US standards, perhaps for this very reason.
 
2018-08-09 07:34:40 PM  
That thing lioks someone cut the back half off a Kia Forte.
 
2018-08-09 07:53:07 PM  
Vancouver has 970 accidents on average per day.This town has chinese immigrants driving 400 hp cars with a learners permit, of all places this car would be the absolute worst car, you're barely safe in tank here.
 
2018-08-09 10:22:33 PM  

Ker_Thwap: It looks like it would be fun to back up and park next to a school, then to decorate the wall like so.
[theitem.com image 850x610]Great for senior pranks, but I can't see a practical use for the thing.


Birth control
 
2018-08-10 03:54:46 AM  
For that price you can get a damned good used economy car and have crash zones.
 
2018-08-10 01:00:25 PM  

Saiga410: Psychopusher: The video indicates it's set to retail for about $15,000, though.  Either the article or the video probably mis-heard 50 as 15 or vice-versa.

Later in article.

The company is also developing a two-seat electric sports car called the Tofino that's set to go on sale next year. Plans call for a top speed of 125 mile an hour and range of up to 250 miles with a price around $50,000.

50k for a sports call the company is also developing


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