Beginning in the early 1950s, famed German aircraft engineer Fritz Fend brought his aeronautical expertise to the automotive world and built the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller.

The three-wheeled, single-door “Kabinenroller” (“Cabin Scooter” in English) was produced in two main variants. First came the KR 175 in 1952, instantly recognizable by its aircraft-style bubble canopy. Over the next three years, using the KR 175 as a template, the vehicle was almost totally redesigned, including upgrades such as wheel cutouts in the front fenders and an improved canopy design. Thus, in 1955, the KR 200 was unveiled.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 17:37

Elio's Computer Aided Engineering

As part of early development automotive engineers perform a series of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) evaluations to appraise safety considerations. The computer simulations provide relevant data to predict the vehicle’s capability of absorbing an impact and protecting the occupants. Other information derived from the simulations predict the life of the vehicle's structure in long-term mileage accumulation and structural performance for handling, noise, vibration and similar considerations.
Saturday, 18 June 2016 18:41

Elio is Ready for E-Series Assembly

Body Panels, Powertrain Prepped and Ready for Assembly
The Elio Pilot Operations Center is busy building the E-Series vehicles. The arrival of body panels and engines/transmissions has put the engineers to work building the pilot vehicles. These photos show the paint room and engine assembly.
Saturday, 11 June 2016 16:57

Elio's Interior for P5 Enclosed Tricycle

How big is the Elio P5 interior? The small looking size cause you to think that it is designed only for smaller drivers. The Elio P5 is designed to fit two average sized males comfortably. These photos should give you an idea of the size and space available for two adults and how a child seat will fit.
Friday, 27 May 2016 17:33

Elio Getting Ready for Production

Elio is building the first E-Series vehicles at the Elio Motors Pilot Operations Center in Livonia, Mich. The team is using data generated over the last three months and bringing it to production, tooling and fabrication. The eight-person assembly team, brought on last month, works from a process and procedure book.  They are using parts from the suppliers and making sure they fit and work properly together.
Sunday, 08 May 2016 16:23

Elio Enclosed Motorized Tricycle

May 2, 2016 -- Elio Motors, Inc. the startup vehicle manufacturer planning to launch an enclosed three-wheeled vehicle that will get up to 84 MPG with a targeted base price of $6,800, today announced more than 52,000 people have put down money for a place in line for highly fuel-efficient, low-cost three-wheeler.
Saturday, 30 April 2016 15:28

Renault Twizy Electric Quadricycle

The Renault Twizy is an urban 2 seat electric car. European standards classify it as a motorized quadricycle. Fifteen thousand have been sold as of April 2015. Europe is the main markets. They are not certified for road use in the USA but many are sold to people that have golf carts and similar vehicles being used in their community.

Thursday, 31 March 2016 18:29

Spyder Roadster

Things we know about the Spyder...

The Rotax 1330 ACE engine is an in-line triple-cylinder configuration for maximum torque in every gear, to deliver excellent roll-on acceleration and throttle response. It’s also efficient, with the ability to ride up to 252 miles (406 km) on a single tank*. Plus, it’s extremely low maintenance.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 19:35

Brudeli Leanster

The Brudeli 654L ride is smooth with solid stability and is built for roads or tracks.The front wheel suspension leans into curves to provide optimum geometry to make your ride safer. On the Brudeli 654L the foot boards stay parallel to the ground and the rest of the vehicle leans at an angle of up to 45 degrees. Two wheels in front provide a short braking distance. This is the best way to travel on a three wheeled motocycle if speed and curves are involved.
Thursday, 30 April 2015 19:56

European Union Vehicle Categories

European Union Categories of land vehicles for regulatory purposes.
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