$30,000 seems a little pricey for a city car, but it does look pretty cool and doesn’t use any gas.
3-wheeled vehicles hit Columbus streets
Issue date: 10/9/08 Section: Metro
At two cents a mile, it’s time to consider three-wheeled vehicles.
And as of Sept. 23, the vehicles are legal to license, register and operate on Ohio roadways.
These little cars, the size of a motorcycle with two wheels in front and one in back, are economical and eye-catching.
Considered a “three-wheeled motorcycle” by the United States Department of Transportation, it sits on an enclosed cabin equipped with steering wheel, a bench seat and basic operational features similar to automobiles. It runs with a belt-drive to propel the rear wheel, similar to a motorcycle.
It was the bench seat that made amending the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Motorcycle standards necessary.
“There has been an increased interest in purchasing three-wheel vehicles to conserve gas,” said Lindsay Bohrer, public information officer of ODOT. To accommodate the demand, the state changed its rules.
Myers Motors, a manufacturer north of Cleveland [actually in Tallmadge, south of Cleveland], specializes in three-wheeled vehicles. The No More Gas (NmG) is the most popular model. It runs on a lithium-ion battery with a life of 10 years or 100,000 miles, with an average of 45-miles-per-battery charge. The cars are highway-safe with a top speed of more than 70 miles per hour, and the car’s design helps reduce drag. Aimed at daily commuters, the NmG promises a new driving experience and a reduced carbon footprint.
“The NmG is designed for daily driving needs, commuting and average errands,” said Kimmy Willis, a sales representative for Myers Motors, “The majority of Americans do not drive long distances very often, and, especially as the price of electric vehicles is driven down by increased demand, drivers should be able to save enough on fuel costs to rent [others] when traveling.”
College students can benefit from a vehicle like this, Willis said. There is plenty of room in the trunk for storage and multiple drivers could use it and share expenses.
“Since it is a motorcycle, you should be able to park in the motorcycle parking spots too,” Willis said. “The NmG is also a lot of fun to drive and makes a great statement about treating our environment right.”