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Three-wheeled EV hits Indiegogo, along with a two-wheeled sidekick

Three-wheeled EV hits Indiegog...
The Hover-1 Aero may certainly turn some heads
The Hover-1 Aero may certainly turn some heads
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The Hover-1 Aero has a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h)
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The Hover-1 Aero has a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h)
The Hover-1 Aero may certainly turn some heads
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The Hover-1 Aero may certainly turn some heads
The Hover-1 Aero has a single seat, with some cargo space behind it
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The Hover-1 Aero has a single seat, with some cargo space behind it
The Hover-1 Aero is steered using scooter-like handlebars
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The Hover-1 Aero is steered using scooter-like handlebars
The Hover-1 Dragonfly has a top speed of 34 mph (55 km/h) and a range of 35 miles (56 km) per 6-hour charge
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The Hover-1 Dragonfly has a top speed of 34 mph (55 km/h) and a range of 35 miles (56 km) per 6-hour charge
The Hover-1 Dragonfly features a radio with a Bluetooth audio system, USB charging ports, full lighting, a lock box and security system
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The Hover-1 Dragonfly features a radio with a Bluetooth audio system, USB charging ports, full lighting, a lock box and security system

Given the limited battery range of electric cars, they're typically used as around-town vehicles. With that in mind, do you really need a big, fast, expensive Tesla? If you don't think so, then perhaps Hover-1's Aero may be more to your liking. The company is also offering an electric motorbike.

Considered a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (and legally classified as we're not sure what), the three-wheeled, single-seated and fully-enclosed Aero has a 1,500-watt motor that takes it to a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h). One 8-hour charge of its battery should reportedly be good for a range of up to 43.5 miles (70 km).

It's steered via scooter-like handlebars, and features full lighting and sound systems, heating/air conditioning, a rear back-up camera, a reverse button, an electric horn and an anti-theft alarm. There's also a bit of cargo space behind the seat, where you could stash a bag or two of groceries.

The Hover-1 Dragonfly has a top speed of 34 mph (55 km/h) and a range of 35 miles (56 km) per 6-hour charge
The Hover-1 Dragonfly has a top speed of 34 mph (55 km/h) and a range of 35 miles (56 km) per 6-hour charge

Commuters who like getting the wind in their hair and bugs in their teeth might instead prefer Hover-1's Dragonfly electric motorcycle.

It likewise comes equipped with a 1,500-watt motor, although it has a slightly higher top speed of 34 mph (55 km/h) and a shorter range of 35 miles (56 km) per 6-hour charge. Some of its doo-dads include a radio with a Bluetooth audio system, USB charging ports, full lighting, a lock box and security system.

Both vehicles are currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign. If you're interested in the Aero, a pledge of US$5,000 will get you one if all goes according to plan, with the retail price sitting at $6,000. The Dragonfly can be had for a $2,500 pledge – again, assuming everything works out – or $3,000 if you wait to buy it retail.

Check out the video below, to see them in use.

UPDATE (Nov. 1/18): It was earlier brought to our attention that the Aero is very similar to an EV already being sold in China and other markets. A PR rep has told us: "Jiaxing Xuanhe Machinery Co is the factory that manufactures Hover-1's products, the two have been working together for two years to develop Aero and Dragonfly for the US market. Aero has DOT certification for US compliance and has different tires, brakes, motor, added turn signals, side mirrors, plus UL testing of the charger, reduced charge times, and incorporated UL-approved batteries."

Source: Indiegogo

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4 comments
Darus Zehrbach
ZEV Electric has a trike that seats 3, and runs 45 mph instead of the 2 seats and 30 mph claimed of the trike shown. The trike shown is sold in China as an elderly person vehicle. The NEV rule is that the vehicle must have 4 wheels under the LSV rules. Buyer beware. ZEV Electric makes a small cycle like that for much less money from the oldest EV company around. They also make one for the same price with 3 X the range.
george56
So much of the stuff that was showing up on Indiegogo was just directly out of China. I'm thinking of ebikes a couple of years ago. I mean they would say they had a design team and they spent months doing this stuff and then you find the exact same bike just for sale on Alibaba.
ljaques
You can buy a full-sized Chinese Hawk 250cc motorcycle for $1,350 on Ebay, or an electric bike from India for $525 via Walmart. Why are these going for so much money? I believe that Hover-1 is also an importer. Why doesn't anyone really "get it"? There are several intermingled classes of people who want normal performance and speeds without the extravagant costs. A Zero FX (my niche) with half the power (but >= range) selling at half the cost would garner millions of sales the first year, but people are putting slightly increased power onto bicycles or pared down motorcycles (which are as dangerous as scooters) for increased prices. <sigh> Conspiracy theorists would say that Big Oil or Car Cartel has been busy. Perhaps they're right. But mid-performing vehicles should have been on the streets years ago.
Mzungu_Mkubwa
ljaques, I don't think its so much a matter of manufacturers not "getting it", but rather a matter of a product reaching that "critical mass" where production volume allows prices to drop. This requires high volume sales to drive that high production volume. This, then, requires a product that is appealing enough in the market to garner high sales. This sweet spot is very challenging to achieve for a whole bunch of reasons, but is always the laser-focused goal of every manufacturer ever to produce. In the example of Zero, while I applaud their awesome success and fantastic products, it seems they have a specific set of factors that they feel will best contribute to high sales, and these factors don't always align with what you or I would desire. For my part, I feel the styling or form factor of their cycles should be expanded upon, but I can see where reasonable performance criteria could have appeal too. Altho, they do offer some reduced performance models, don't they?