The Electric Triac from Green Vehicles

3 by LiveOAK Staff


Looking for some electric but are frustrated that a motorcycle doesn't have enough while a care has too many wheels?  Probably not, that's just silly, let's be serious.  The TRIAC, from Green Vehicles, is a zero emission* three wheeled highway capable plug-in electric that deserves some serious attention.  The thought of a three wheeled vehicle reminds me of one of my first set of wheels, but the TRIAC is far from a toy going 100 miles on a single charge and capable of traveling 80 MPH.  Charging takes about 6 hours and the 100 mile range can be upped to 125 with an optional capacity boost pack.  It has a low center of gravity and employs a reinforced steel cage to protect the occupants inside it's alleged spacious and comfortable cabin.  They are taking pre-orders for a July 2008 delivery and test drives will be available by mid-July.

* 0 emission directly, indirectly, however depends on where you plug it in and where that source gets its energy.  If you are getting your electricity from a coal fired power plant the vehicle will ultimately have a higher carbon footprint than if you buy your energy from a renewable source like a wind farm or solar plant.

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  • Uncle B

    And the Triac just got a lot safer, since GM no longer will produce threatening crap for our highways like the hummer and suburban – Hell! they almost went broke trying to flog that pseudo-macho crap until it was rightfully linked to erectile difficulties and deficiencies! Ford is next, they have sales lots full of rusting gas-guzzlers and they deserve every unemployed minute of it! Electrics will win as long as oil depletes. We rule!

  • Tim

    Matt, what is up with your footnote “…all things that we plug into the wall require electricity that comes from power plants which in the US produce a lot of green house gases.”??? That’s just not correct–there are more and more cases of people who are off the grid, getting power through wind and solar, and who would therefore be charging up their cars without the greenhouse gases you mention. Even those who are on the grid, like myself, can choose to buy electricity from suppliers who use only green sources. What you describe is not a necessary evil.

    • Matt Embrey

      I don’t know what was up with that, it wasn’t even good inglish ;)

      I wrote that over a year ago and since then the number of options people have to get clean energy has increased substantially, but you are right, that statement wasn’t accurate even back then.

      Fixed. Thanks for the heads up.