More strange environmentally friendly vehicles appear on the roads these days. The Cree SAM is one of them. Produced by a Swiss company Cree Ltd in 2001, Cree SAM is a pretty good looking vehicle, even cool if you think its looks like a cockroach is cool. This 3-wheeled environmentally friendly zero emissions vehicle powered by an electric motor is made from aluminum backbone chassis and independent front suspension with a transverse leaf spring. It also has safety measures like three-point seatbelts along with an integrated roll bar, and it weighs only 1,500 pounds.
The Cree SAM is powered by a 15kW motor that produces 80Nm of torque and uses for “fuel” six individual batteries which produces 168 volts. The batteries can be recharged in 6 hours (70% in 2 hours), and offer a range of just 43 miles. With two people on board (seats are arranged in tandem and protected by the air-filled, double wall, thermoplastic body) the vehicle can reach 30mph in 7 seconds, and a top speed of 53 mph.
The Peel P50 is a three-wheeled micro-car manufactured in 1963 and 1964 by the Manx Peel Engineering Company. This strange ugly car was designed as a town car and was advertised as capable of seating “one adult and a shopping bag”.
Recognized by the Guinness World Records as the smallest street-legal car the P50 is just 53 in long and 39 in wide, with a weight of only 132 lb. The vehicle’s only door was on its left side, and equipment included a single windscreen wiper, and only one headlight. Standard colors were Daytona White, Dragon Red, and Capri Blue. Most of the interior space is occupied by a single seat, constructed in hammock form over a steel tubular frame. The foot controls were of normal car type, and a hand lever was provided to start the engine, with gear selection via a quadrant mounted lever on the steering column. Instrumentation was non-existent, with even the speedometer being considered unnecessary on such a small vehicle.
The P50 shone in a variety of tests including a 15 mile road test in London, where it completed the route a full 30 minutes ahead of a saloon car of the day.
Messerschmitt Tg500 Tiger is a mini car that was build from 1957 to 1961, as a four-wheeled, high-performance version of Fritz Fend’s Messerschmitt car by a German company caled Messerschmitt. Messerschmitt was founded in 1923 by Willy Messerschmitt to build light airplanes, and by 1926 had expanded into transport planes, but after the Second World War a large part of the Messerschmitt plant had been destroyed, and in addition, Germany was prohibited from producing airplanes so they decided to build pretty unusual vehicles called bubble cars.
The advantage of the bubble car over the motorcycle or motor scooter was that they kept their occupants warm and dry. The disadvantages were that they looked odd, and usually had inferior performance.
Twike offers you futuristic design, forward-looking technology, low energy consumption and high efficiency, a revolutionary driving experience and tomorrow’s mobility for today’s people.
What is this strange vehicle? Twike is a human-electric hybrid vehicle designed to carry two passengers and cargo. It can be driven in electric-only mode or electric + pedal power mode. Pedaling extends the range of the vehicle but does not substantially add to the vehicle’s top speed. The vehicle cannot be driven solely by using pedal power. Regenerative antilock braking captures energy from deceleration to recharge computer-controlled batteries.
The Twike’s aerodynamic shape, constructed of lightweight materials (like aluminum and plastic), is as efficient flowing through the air as it is pleasing to the eye, and the soft convertible top adds to the fun of driving. Different models, options, and colors offer room for individual expression.
Do you think that all strange and bizarre vehicles are build today? You are wrong; many of them were built a long time ago.
A good example of a strange car build 74 years ago is the McQuay Norris Streamliner produced in 1934 and built to be driven by McQuay-Norris. The McQuay-Norris Streamliner’s chassis and running gear were based on a unmodified 1932-33 Ford V8, and the aerodynamic bodywork was made from steel sheet metal attached to wood framing, with the exception of the doors, which were aluminum. The windows were made from Plexiglas.
This vehicle was not created in an attempt to break any land-speed records, instead it was intended as rolling test beds and promotional vehicles for the McQuay-Norris Company of St. Louis, which manufactured replacement pistons, rings, bearings and other automotive bits and pieces that one might need in order to rebuild an automobile engine or chassis. This is the main reason why the interior was fixed with many dials and instruments to observe performance and engine condition.
What happens when you take an engine from a tank and put it in to a car? You create something special, you create the Blastolene Special and you sell it to who else than Jay Leno!
This car that looks like a roadster on steroids was build by Randy Grubb. He used a 29-liter WWII M47 Patton tank engine that produces 810bhp (@2800rpm) and 1560 pound-feet (@2400rpm) of torque and an aluminum and wood body obtaining a car that weighs only 9500 pounds which is 1/11th the weight of the original tank from which the engine was used.
At the beginning there were some problems with the Blastolene Special, but after the implication of Jay Leno the car was a success. Thanks to his recommendations the car has an Allison HD4060 6-speed transmission, the engine was powered up to 1600 horsepower and they even succeeded an astonishing 5 mpg.
Quovis is a strange car specially build o be driven directly from a wheelchair for those with reduced or impaired mobility.
In essence, Quovis is a smart, fully automatic city car offering all of the advantages of style, image and practicality along with unparalleled ease of access for those wishing to drive without transferring from their wheelchair. A single press of the remote control key fob instructs the rear tailgate and integral compact ramp system to immediately and smoothly deploy, affording unhindered access to the driving position where the wheelchair is solidly secured.
The ramp and the tailgate automatically close when you turn the ignition key. Dual electronic accelerator ‘paddles’ are mounted directly onto the steering wheel, which is in itself electronically assisted to offer super responsive power steering, whilst braking is achieved manually via an extended left hand push lever.
ANVIL is a low speed vehicle made by the American ATV maker Tomberlin legal for road use. This vehicle that costs around $8,000 provides a non-polluting, zero emission alternative to travel. With a top speed of 35 mph this electric car can be charged overnight on a standard 110 volt outlet and it has a range of 40 miles.
The wheel track of the ANVIL is wider than some automobiles which add to appearance (ANVIL is one of the most aggressive looking vehicle on the road), stability and safety. The rear axle has also been pushed back to accommodate a folding, forward facing, rear seat.
I know that the ANVIL is not one of the fastest electric vehicles out there, you can’t travel many miles with it, and looks like a golf cart but is a choice for those who are not in a hurry and are care for the environment.
And I really mean short trips because you don’t want anyone else to see you in that car (at least I don’t want to), except when you’re on the golf course. This small car, road legal, with a battery autonomy of 30 miles is produced by a company called Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a division of Chrysler.
I know, this is another boring electric vehicle that operate on a 72-volt battery system and plug into a standard 110-volt outlet that can be recharged in approximately six to eight hours, and has the “amazing” top speed of 25 mph. But what impressed me was the variety o vehicles based on a similar design, and the ways this mini-car can be used: trips to the dock, golf course or club, for transporting equipment in warehouses, or even making daily trips to the market, school or office, even the police use the GEM car, so they have to be good.
If you buy a GEM car you can chose some optional features like the color, a 7.0 horsepower motor, an audio system, dash-mounted fans, a dome light, grab handles, even heated seats, and other interesting things.
The electric car is becoming more usual on the streets so a group of Japanese companies in collaboration with the designers of Italy’s IDEA Institute decided that it’s time for an electric limousine so they build KAZ (Keio Advanced Zero-Emission vehicle).
It took them 5 years and $4 million, but they did it. This environmental limousine can accommodate eight people, has eight wheels, weighs 6,578 lb, and it’s powered by 84 lithium-ion batteries that can work for about 186 miles with a single charge.