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Torrot thre-wheeler
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https://velocipedo.torrot.com

Torrot already makes electric scooters in Spain. Their three-wheeler narrow EV is supposed to be on the market in the next few months. I wrote and asked for details but have (as yet) not received an answer - especially as to it´s `leaning´ mechanism (it´s much too narrow NOT to lean into a curve). Specs and price would seem to be OK.

Looks a bit like the Arcimoto!



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(02-07-2018, 04:31 PM)paravil Wrote: https://velocipedo.torrot.com

I like the base model spec sheet.
55mph, $7369 USD, 396lb, 93 mile range.
5 removable plug & play battery modules.
Projected EU and US compliance...


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I wish they were a bit more forthcoming as to the (half-) enclosure fittings and the tilting mechanism.
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After my initial euphoria had abated, the usual scepticism and a semblance of reality have led to the conclusion that Arcimoto need not be all too apprehensive.

The Torrot Company is in some way attached to the well-known Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Gasgas (but Gasgas has fallen on hard times and has passed from hand to hand due to EU environmental restrictions on two-stroke motors). Some mention was also made of connections with a similar company, Bultaco.

Otherwise, Torrot makes a series of electric scooters (as so many do nowadays). Over here, it is generally understood that it is imperative to avoid electric pushbikes and scooters made by smaller companies (especially if made in China).

I `phoned the Berlin Torrot agent mentioned on their web site. He consulted his list of agencies and then was able to find Torrot. But he had no idea of what they produced or manufactured.

Torrot has not yet answered any of my e-mail or web enquiries and do not answer `phone calls. Their web site lacks the vital information as to whether the Velocipedo is equipped with a tilting mechanism.

The Torrot Velocipedo was exhibited at the last Milan International Motorcycle show as a static mockup. First deliveries are supposed to take place this year. But Google has been unable to provide footage of the Velocipedo in motion (this has been widely criticised on the net!). Down payments for a limited edition are being accepted. Caution is advised.
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The Berlin Torrot agent must have contacted one of the local scooter Torrot sales outlets, as I received a `phone call late yeaterday evening: the Velocipedo is just a mock-up. The design of a production vehicle has yet to be finalised. Torrot are `planning´ to build a new factory in Spain, although the vehicle has naturally not yet been homologated (or even test driven). The last Spanish development of a similar vehicle (heavily funded by the EU) ended in disaster. So, that would seem to be the end of one more fantasy.

.... and while I was writing the above, my mail server pinged:

Hi Patrick


Yes, Velocipedo has a front swingarm.

Finally the door will have a horizontal bar for safe, and you can removable it.

Maximum speed is 90km/h

If you have any question you can contact me

Thanks!!


.... this still does not answer the question as to whether the vehicle is able to lean into a turn!
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(02-09-2018, 10:59 AM)paravil Wrote: The Berlin Torrot agent must have contacted one of the local scooter Torrot sales outlets, as I received a `phone call late yeaterday evening: the Velocipedo is just a mock-up. The design of a production vehicle has yet to be finalised. Torrot are `planning´ to build a new factory in Spain, although the vehicle has naturally not yet been homologated (or even test driven). The last Spanish development of a similar vehicle (heavily funded by the EU) ended in disaster. So, that would seem to be the end of one more fantasy.

.... and while I was writing the above, my mail server pinged:

Hi Patrick


Yes, Velocipedo has a front swingarm.

Finally the door will have a horizontal bar for safe, and you can removable it.

Maximum speed is 90km/h

If you have any question you can contact me

Thanks!!


.... this still does not answer the question as to whether the vehicle is able to lean into a turn!
Has anyone seen it make a turn?  Reminds me of the Lit Motors BS-1.
 Eager to get in the Pilot seat!
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#7
The French Lumeneo Smera 2008 - 2013
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/102...4500-euros

80mph with a 84 mile range.
Nice looking vehicle and apparently it worked.

Less than 10 units made...
And went into liquidation in 2013.
Could have been the projected $33,000 USD price tag.
That and with four wheels, it would have never gotten US certification as it was.
That price was before the EU incentive but owners would have had to rent the battery packs.

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Isn't a swing arm a type of suspension system?
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There´s still a used Lumeneo market in France.

The Torrot is only a mock up and the company has obviously not done any of the design work yet. They´re testing the market to see whether there´ll be sufficient pre-orders to carry on.
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(02-09-2018, 09:16 PM)paravil Wrote: There´s still a used Lumeneo market in France.

There may be, but they only made ~7 Smeras and 3 Neomas before the company liquidated.
https://insideevs.com/lumeneo-in-liquida...500-units/
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