What looks like a giant football helmet, has three wheels, seats one driver (with six cubic feet of cargo space), does 0-60 mph in 12.5 seconds with a top speed of 75 mph, and has a range of 30 miles?
That would be the Myers Motors “NMG,” a nimble electric tricycle that is officially classified as a motorcycle, and costs virtually nothing to drive. There are now over 300 NMG (which stands for “no more gas”) vehicles being driven in several major cities in the USA, according to Myers Motors spokesperson Ron Huch.
|THE ELECTRIC “NMG” TRICYCLE FROM MYERS MOTORS|
|Length 112″, width 52″, height 57″.|
There’s a lot to like about this practical commuter vehicle, that looks like a cross between a Volkswagon Bug and a motorcycle. Fully enclosed, with three 13″ tires and disc brakes, this vehicle is designed for all weather driving.
With a 30+ horsepower motor, the NMG isn’t going to burn up the road, but at around $.02 per mile for electricity, the costs to operate the car are negligible, and 75 mph is generally enough for rush hour. Whether or not the NMG is a bargain at nearly $27,000 is debatable, but compared to other electric cars they are the most affordable option. Certainly if the NMG lives up to the promise of ultra low maintenance compared to gasoline-powered vehicles, the $27,000 investment could be a competitive option.
How many other $27,000 vehicles will let you drive to work rain or shine, cost you $.02 per mile, never require fillups, be allowed to drive in the carpool lane, and carry a fairly large amount of cargo? Myers Motors, LLC, is privately held and based in Tallmadge, Ohio.