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T-Rex Silence Update

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by tonybelding, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

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    Received this info today . . .

    Also this great (huge!) photo. . .

    http://zobeid.zapto.org/caviar/image/cars/PT2-PHOTO-1.JPG

    From this angle I can't see any difference from the standard gas-powered T-Rex (aside from the logo), but maybe that's the point.
     
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    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Thanks, Tony.

    Next to the Tesla Roadster, that would make a real nice, fun, commuter vehicle.
     
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    Keep in mind, you can put a windshield on a T-Rex but you can't fully enclose it like a car. So weather would be a factor. It also sits very low, so visibility might be a problem on the freeway, surrounded by hulking SUVs. I don't see it as a commuter vehicle, I see it in the same class as the Ariel Atom and Wrightspeed X1, or even the old Lotus Seven -- as a flyweight extreme sports car which is probably most at home on the track, or for Sunday Drives in good weather.

    A toy, then. . . but a fabulous toy. :D
     
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    Agreed, although I do see people commuting around in Corbin Sparrows (electric and ICE), which have a similar road footprint.

    One issue with the 3 wheeled vehicles is that they are typically registered as a motorcycle. In California that means you must wear a helmet, even if it is fully enclosed.

    Speaking of not fulling enclosing a T-rex. The SF bay area has such mild weather that you can be happy with an open car. I see people commuting in Lotus Elise and Viper with no top. Sure around December and January they switch to having a top on all the time, but during the summer months you can pretty much get away with leaving the car open all the time.
     
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    My single ride in an Elise came in late December last year, in New Jersey, on a cold, blustery day. The top was open, and the owner swore he never used it, cold, rain, whatever. My teeth were chattering, but he seemed quite comfortable with the whole arrangement...
     

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