Patent US 9,604,683 covers an entire class of three wheeler vehicles that is completely unique.
Using this design, you can elect to build a highly fuel efficient vehicle, an electric vehicle, a high performance machine, or a simple commuter. The vehicles can be single or multiple passenger. Engines can be gas, electric, hybrid, or even natural gas. Drivetrains can be shaft drive, belt, or direct. The design patent covers all these vehicle types.
We expect three market approaches:
(1) High range Electric (EV) or Gas Vehicle
(1) High Range EV :
This market would be focused on a highly efficient electric vehicle which satisfies the most eco minded consumers, with longer range and minimal battery size. Wind drag is exponential and becomes the significant challenge in achieving longer range (especially when highway speeds are 65 or 70 mph). With the Dragonfly's tear drop or bullet shape, the drag is significantly reduced and the resulting range on the highway is higher. This means less battery requirements, and thus lower weight and overall vehicle cost. The Dragonfly design could be exactly what the EV market is looking for.
(2) Performance Market:
A high performance vehicle that is exciting and will appeal to the motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts. This vehicle will compete in the market against Polaris Slingshot, CAN-AM Spyder, Campagna T-Rex, Vanderhall Laguna, Harley three wheel motorcycles, two wheel motorcycles, and a variety of sports cars. These vehicles are in demand... over 40,000 Slingshots have been sold. The Dragonfly is a step apart from all these, providing all weather capability, and roller coaster level excitement. Driving power through the front wheels can provides the traction necessary for higher power engines. There is nothing on the road today that can provide the raw experience of cab forward seating packaged in exciting body styles.
(3) Budget Market:
A small, lightweight commuter vehicle could be produced for $14-17K at volume. We do not believe that the 'under $10K' vehicle is reasonably achievable. However, given the aerodynamic and weight efficiencies which translate into power, weight, and packaging savings, it is logical that this vehicle could be produced cheaper than a four wheeled vehicle. Combined with the other unique features, this vehicle would have broad appeal to those looking for something more.
Whichever market is chosen, the Dragonfly design brings a strong new and very appealing approach. We are looking for individuals or companies who share this vision, and are interested in bringing these designs forward.
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