Is it a car? is it a plane?

February 21, 2010 at 2:00 am 4 comments

A publicity agency has sent me information about nifty eco-transportation that’s just been released in Australia. It’s called the Manhattan M3 Eco Pod and is the next generation of eco-friendly transport. It has three wheels and reminds me a bit of those Messerschmidt micro-cars that were seen whizzing down roads after WWII. Did you ever seen one of those? I think they were also called bubble cars and used the canopy off a Messerschmidt fighter plane to cover the car’s cabin.

But back to the eco pod. It looks a bit like a scooter or a bike but is much sturdier with its intuitive lean stabilising system, allowing you to lean into corners, exactly like a bike, whilst keeping all three wheels still firmly on the ground, gripping the road. Check it out:

And have a look at it whizzing around on Australian roads in this YouTube video:

With gas guzzlers clogging up our roads and freeways, the eco pod is a genuine alternative mode of transport. It has a lockable boot/trunk (the volume of the boot is an impressive 72 litres), spacious back seat with fold-out arm rests and is economical. This baby can achieve up to 200km on 6 litres of fuel and is equipped with a 150cc single cylinder 4 stroke engine with an automatic CVT transmission. I can really see it as a convenient “car” to go shopping, run errands or beat the morning traffic. The cost is around AU $6,490 ride-away.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. creativespark  |  February 21, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I suspect the underwear-principle applies. Never ride around in anything people would laugh at.

  • 2. thinkingshift  |  February 21, 2010 at 8:08 am

    or the trouser-principle applies – only ride in it if you’re wearing trousers cos it would be a Marilyn Monroe incident if you wear a skirt and the wind blows by.

  • 3. georgiaclaire  |  February 21, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I think I’ve seen these around the city – is it possible they’re already being used as a sort of taxi service?

  • 4. thinkingshift  |  February 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Possible georgiaclaire…if the publicity agency is reading this post – can you comment and tell us what the eco-pod is being used for?


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