Three-Wheeled Electric Cars Useless in Ohio

With a traditional car seat, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle ruled that the Xebra wasn't a motorcycle.

Published: 11-May-2008

Ohio's governor and lawmakers talk about the need to support electric vehicles.

But the first person who tried to register the best-selling electric vehicle in the United States had his title and registration pulled without ever getting the vehicle on the road - all because of the shape of its seats.

"They say it's not a motorcycle based on the Ohio definition," said Alan Fuller, a 46-year-old father of two and a computer technician for the National Weather Service in Wilmington, about 50 miles northeast of Cincinnati.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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