I mean that's understandable, if the car you buy can only handle small commuting that means at the very least the additional cost of using other transport methods or renting a car or having a second car (all of which may be problematic or impossible) when you need to see friends, your family, or go on holidays. And that's not "par" money as the EV is not going to be significantly cheaper than an equivalent ICE.
A small and cheap comfy-ish EV might actually be a good option there, as it lets you have a regular car when you need to e.g. go to Ikea (which might be out of range of an EV depending where you live) or drive to the next country or go see your sister a few hundred miles away without significant additional costs, but it needs to be small (so it's not an issue e.g. for people living in cities who may not have access to a garage at all let alone a multi-car one) and cheap (so it's not a drain on resources, or at least not a big one, compared to just using the one car all the time).
Incentives are a thing, and currently EVs mostly incentivise using something else if you don't have fuck you money and more surface than you can use. As-is, plug-in hybrids are probably a better option for single people or single-car households.
However, you seem to have illustrated exactly my point. An electric car has some limitations compared to a conventional car. But the gap from an electric car to an electric velomobile is probably even greater.
The difference and point (as noted in the second paragraph) is that it is much more feasible to have a car and a velomobile than to have two cars.
Towing isn’t something a lot of electric cars seem to be homologated for. I think the only current exception is the Tesla Model X.
Unfortunately the post-1997 EU licence restrictions (in the UK) mean that lots of people are restricted to a total gross weight of 3500kg for the car and trailer, so towing even a small caravan with a car that has batteries would need the driver to do another driving test.
As others have pointed out, the range also tanks when towing (it tanks with gas cars too but not as badly). This is a bigger deal in an EV because you can't just gas up in 5min but not that big a deal if you're taking a pre-planned trip IMO.
But since you are limited to 60mph towing, I often find that my MPG is the same if not better when towing, though pulling away and uphill is affected. Not sure my current car would cope with a caravan!
Also my car has a 6th gear for more efficient cruising on the motorway, but you can’t tow in 6th, it just sounds like it’s struggling.
Found it on archive.org: http://web.archive.org/web/20121105135914/http://www.mrshark...
I'm sure that handled spectacularly on on-ramps. It would be like flat towing another vehicle and coming into a corner too hot.
> Despite the facts that I shortened the trailer of the Gen-2 pusher by two feet and added more IC horsepower and much more pushing force with the ability of the AT to downshift...I have still found it basically impossible to get into a condition of oversteer. (This is where the car would want to turn into the direction of the turn if you take your hand off the wheel, normaly if you release the wheel a vehicle will straighten itself out of a turn) Even in relatively tight turns with the trailer at nearly full power, the car wants to straighten itself out. The shortened trailer also drafts behind the EV much better further improving the mpg.
Maybe he just drives really conservatively everywhere (wouldn't surprise me since a light foot was key for extending range on early EVs and many people developed that habit) or maybe the trailer is just light enough and being single axle makes it easy to steer enough that the natural tendency of the car to straighten out is greater.
To be fair, I think he basically fired it up when he got to the interstate, manually set the throttle to the speed he wanted to cruise at then turned it off again before coming off the interstate.
I wonder if a electric car with a generator in a trailer would still be tax exempt...
For non Europeans it was a Europe wide televised game series which "featured teams from different European countries in outlandish costumes (often large latex suits) competing to complete bizarre tasks in funny games. "
Interesting machine, but it's really a bicycle with a single-speed electric motor. With lots of issues, that currently would be easy to fix with off-the-shelf parts from electric bicycles.
But maybe more important notion is, that it's not fully covered. It's not all-weather vehicle, not even half-weather it seems.
The hedgehog thing is easily found on Youtube, but did I just imagine the C5 episode?
In any case, that was when I had pretty much given up hope with Sinclair QL (a home/business computer with 68008 CPU and 128K RAM).
However it's not that bad actually, see
A (at least visually) nice re-make of the Isetta:
There are some 3rd party makers of glass windows.
The downside to these is having all the (percieved and real) vulnerability of the cyclist as well. And they still need quite a bit of space for parking.
BONUS "Micro Men" documentary/drama about Sir Clive Sinclair vs Acorn (from which grew Acorn RISC Machine -> ARM) https://youtube.com/watch?v=XXBxV6-zamM (1h 24m) "A man's reach should exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for?"
Presumably, not like the three-wheeled Robin Reliant car that launched in the UK in the 1970s :-)
They actually are pretty stable vehicles, contrary to their reputation. For that clip you linked to it's like everything in Top Gear - staged for TV.
I believe the majority of three wheel motorcycles are also made this way now as well.
Remember the Lit Motors C1? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdHo01xYTWQ
And the Monotracer? https://www.peravescz.com/
And the Lit Motors C1 Chinese copy? https://electrek.co/2016/06/14/chinese-copycat-lit-motors-se...
Also check out the amazing 1991 BMW C-1 fully enclosed successor concept that never made it to production: http://www.bikeweb.com/node/130
If this looks viable to you - consider getting a scooter or a small bike, they are great secondary vehicles when you need to get from a to b alone or with one more person and a lot of fun to drive/very versatile for parking.
There are some electrics but even if you get a ICE it will spend less fuel then a car (untill you get to 600cc sportbikes and derivatives :) )
And it pretty much is already. For much of Asia, a 150cc scooter is a standard of personal transportation. Just wait until they change to electric.
RV parks and campground hosts and some retirees use them for getting about in a very local context. I know they're probably serve a lot of the needs I'd have in a second car.
It seems like it works for them.
I have been in socialist countries with diesel buses traveling empty everywhere most of the time. Then at peak hours getting full.
The theory was that they are much more efficient, and they are when they are full and you are transported like cattle, not moving directly where you want, and having to wait for them.
Bicycles or motorcycles are much better for moving around the city.
electric 3 wheel car/scooter for 1-2 persons
Video of Cedric talking about the 'thingymobile'
Edit: Also it is the BBC which has a track record of regarding unusual vehicles as entertaining:
From the 'review': "Against: The crash protection is a bit fleshy"
It probably wouldn't be the first time someone eccentric created something cool in their garage and not go through the motions of getting it properly registered.
The real DANGEROUS is with flip-fop, slippers or sandals and I can confirm from my experience.
You can get the front tip of your flip-flop stuck under the break pedal and, besides not being able to break quickly, you panic very fast.
If you're on flip-flops put them aside and drive barefoot.
EDIT: Whoops, no, it's actually legal  (in fact, it's perfectly legal to drive a car naked in Germany in public - though you shouldn't leave your car then, because being naked in public is not actually legal, the fine-print is that your car's interior is considered your private space), but you may get into trouble with insurance. While searching, I think I may have read that it actually is illegal in Switzerland, but don't take my word for it...
Tangentially, I once had German autobahn police laugh at my 'gummistiefel' when they pulled me over... The opposite thing of driving barefooted, but hardly proper shoework for driving a car
So long as you can push the pedals safely all is fine. The Highway Code does have a few words about wearing appropriate footwear, the biggest thing is insurance though. If you are driving in high heels and it all goes wrong then your insurance isn't going to necessarily help.
“It is perfectly legal to drive while barefoot in all 50 states in the United States, in Canada, and in the U.K.”
He is something of an electric vehicle innovator, inventing the Lynch motor in the 1970s/80s:
Even some beefier things like KTM X-Bow or Polaris Slingshot, which are racing cars for all practical purposes, are registered as bikes due to having no safety features.