You know, tablets look a lot like those fancy in-car entertainment systems, offering a similar size screen and even more functionality. T3 Motion recognized this last year when they plunked an iPad into the GT3. Now, they’ve integrated a Samsung Galaxy Tab into the new R3 series.
The three-wheeled electric vehicle doesn’t have a conventional stereo or navigation system. Instead, you have a dockable Galaxy Tab (that comes with the purchase of the trike) and it handles the navi, entertainment, email, web browsing, and more. It’ll do video too, though it’s not exactly legal in many jurisdictions for drivers to watch video while behind the wheel.
The T3 Motion trike is completely open top, though, so owners would probably be advised to take their Tabs with them when they roll up in front of the club. The smaller size of the Galaxy Tab is probably a better fit than the larger iPad too.
As far as the two-passenger electric vehicle itself is concerned, you get a range of up to 100 miles per charge, a top speed of 120mph, and motorcycle licensing so you can use the carpool lane. There are technically two tires in the back, but they’re in a dual configuration that makes them count as one wheel… sorta. The company is taking pre-orders now, it is priced between $25,000 – $30,000 USD.
T3 Motion Breaks Boundaries with the Completion and Delivery of its Consumer Electric Vehicle Prototype – the R3
T3 Motion combines driving pleasure and environmental responsibility with its electric consumer vehicle
Costa Mesa, CA (April 5, 2011) www.t3motion.com – T3 Motion, Inc. (OTC BB: TMMM), a leader in clean-technology electric vehicles announced the completion and delivery of its prototype electric consumer vehicle—the R3. The R3 is the first vehicle in the T3 product line to be developed specifically for the consumer market and was unveiled in June 2010. The prototype was completed last week and is on display at the T3 Motion headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA.
“The completion of our R3 prototype culminates the years of product and market research, system design and management along with revolutionary design concepts,” said Ki Nam, T3 Motion C.E.O. “From conception to completion, this clean-technology product embodies a unique and groundbreaking vanguard for our launch into the consumer arena. By adding this vehicle to our product line, we continue our mission to deliver powerful, cost-effective, clean-energy products to the marketplace.”
Previously known as the GT3, the R3 features a proprietary rear-wheel design with a patent-pending, single, wide-stance wheel with two tires. The revolutionary two-tire design improves traction, stability, and handling, while the low rolling resistance and rounded profile of the rear tires increase energy efficiency.
The vehicle’s AC induction motor is powered by lithium-polymer battery technology and has a range of 80-100 miles per charge. The R3 incorporates the AV Samsung Galaxy into the sleek dashboard design. Due to its unique three-wheeled design, the R3 is classified as a motorcycle and will be priced between $25,000 and $35,000.
With its aerodynamic styling and proven T3 Motion intelligent power management battery system, the two-passenger R3 combines driving pleasure and environmental responsibility into a very stylish package with a top speed of 70 mph.
Watch the R3 in action.
For more information, updates and sneak-peek photos, visit the R3 Facebook page.