Venture Vehicles Inc. formally announced the development of a 2-passenger, 3-wheel, tilting, plug-in series hybrid electric vehicle under the working name VentureOne. In addition to the low-emission, flex-fuel hybrid model, Venture Vehicles is also developing a zero-emission all-electric version that will have an all-electric range of nearly 200 miles.
Two in-wheel 25 kW electric pancake motors will power the two rear wheels, with a small (15 to 20 kW) flex-fuel genset providing on-road recharging. The hybrid will use a 3 kWh li-ion pack from A123Systems. When garaged, it need only be plugged into a household outlet.
|The two different powertrains. Click to enlarge.|
The all-electric version is planned to have two in-wheel 20 kW electric motors and a 17 kWh li-ion battery pack.
A key feature of the VentureOne is the patented Dynamic Vehicle Control tilting technology from Carver Engineering that allows the body of the vehicle to actually tilt when going through turns while all three wheels maintain firm contact with the road.
We’ve licensed the Carver One’s dynamic tilt control system, but the vehicle we’re building is different in many other respects. For example, we’ve focused exclusively on hybrid, biofuels, and electric propulsion, while the Carver One uses standard gasoline.—Ian Bruce, Founder, EVP Design & Engineering
The VentureOne has separate power to each of the rear wheels which allows automatic traction control, steering assist, and ABS braking to be entirely embedded in software. This eliminates the need for costly additional components and combined with the lack of transmission, severely limits the amount of money a consumer will have to put into maintenance.
The vehicle will be surrounded by a steel safety cell providing overall protection, along with other safety features such as a driver’s airbag, front and side-impact protection, and rear bumper will be standard.
The VentureOne will get up to 100 mpg, accelerate from 0-60 in 6 seconds, and have a top speed of over 100 mph, while being priced at less than $20,000.
Venture Vehicles is working with BMW DesignWorks, A123 Systems, Carver Engineering, Swift Engineering, Boshart Engineering and PML FlightLink on the design, engineering and production.