Is it a car? is it a plane?
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.