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Campagna motors ahead with electrification of T-Rex

Campagna motors ahead with ele...
Will the all electric T-Rex prototype best the BMW-powered current model (pictured)? We'll have to wait for the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show on April 20 to find out.
Will the all electric T-Rex prototype best the BMW-powered current model (pictured)? We'll have to wait for the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show on April 20 to find out.
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Will the all electric T-Rex prototype best the BMW-powered current model (pictured)? We'll have to wait for the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show on April 20 to find out.
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Will the all electric T-Rex prototype best the BMW-powered current model (pictured)? We'll have to wait for the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show on April 20 to find out.

We first spotted the T-Rex way back in 2004, though the three-wheeler's development goes back much further. Then powered by a 1200cc motorbike engine for a 0-97 km/h sprint of 4.1 seconds and top speed of 225 km/h, the car/moto/trike mash up is now going all electric – with some help from Zero Motorcycles.

Campagna Motors has previously partnered with BMW and Harley Davidson to provide the ICE power for its T-Rex three wheeled road rippers, but has elected to join forces with Zero Motorcycles for its first charge into the electric vehicle market. Zero is using its industry-leading know-how to squeeze electric motors, Li-ion batteries and controllers into the chassis of the emissions-free T-Rex.

Beyond revealing that there is a prototype to show off, both companies are remaining tight-lipped about build details and performance specs, with Zero only teasing that the electric T-Rex "is an absolute thrill to drive."

We're guessing that all those batteries will make it a good deal heavier than the 525 kg (1,160 lb) of the current 16SP model, which features a BMW 1649cc inline six to get it from standstill to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.9 seconds. It will be interesting to see if the electric version improves on that acceleration time.

That all-electric vehicle is due to be unveiled at the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show later this month, where official photos and specs will be revealed. A more advanced prototype is planned for later in the year.

Source: Campagna Motors

2 comments
Daishi
I learned that an electric vehicle show is a thing. That's kind of cool. This is an interesting partnership in terms of R&D. Reverse trikes make a lot of sense for electrification because you can push large heavy batteries low to the ground like 4 wheeled platforms. Can-Am R&D'd an electric version they announced in 2016 but they never announced a potential production. Arcimoto is still alive and building their factory right now I think.
MartinVoelker
Made me wonder when there'll be a Ural Sidecar motorcycle available as an EV. As Daishi observed there's a lot of space for flat packed batteries in a three wheel design.