Patent US 9,604,683 covers an entire class of three wheeler vehicles that is completely unique.
The Patent covers a new three wheeler car class utilizing two driven and steerable front wheels, with the engine mounted behind the driver.
There is nothing on the road today that can provide the experience of a cab forward seating with the stability of front wheel drive.
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.
This is not a single purpose vehicle. You can build:
a high range electric or gas vehicle that competes for the most eco friendly consumers.
a high performance vehicle that is exciting and will appeal to the motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts.
a low cost fun vehicle appealing to the budget minded consumers.
This vehicle will compete in the market against motorcycles, three wheel motorcycles, Polaris Slingshot, CAN-AM Spyder, micro cars such as Smart, Toyota, Mini , low cost sport cars, and high mileage or electric vehicles.
These vehicles are in demand... over 100,000 CanAms have been sold. Over 14,000 Slingshots have been sold (in 2 years). Competing sub-compact car sales continue to be hot, and reasonably priced sports cars are in demand. High range, low cost electric vehicles are on the public's wish list. The Dragonfly Three Wheeler carves out a unique portion of this very broad spectrum of market space.
How big is this space?
If vehicle attracts one out of ten buyers in the motorcycle and three wheeler space, then approx $1 Billion!
If vehicle attracts half of the existing Slingshot / Can-Am / 3 Wheel Harley space. then over $1.2 Billion!
If vehicle attracts one out of fifty buyers in the entire spectrum, then over $3 Billion!
If this vehicle cracks the cost/range/fun segment of electric cars, over $5B.
But really... A new kind of fun on the road at any volume... priceless !