Three-Wheel EV Ready To Go Out On Patrol

A U.K. company has developed a three-wheel stand on vehicle, designed specifically for the security industry.

The three-wheeler is known as “Raptor” and according to the company Ecospin it should make the job of patrolling much easier.

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image via Ecospin

Ecospin, based in the midlands city of Leicester, envisage the electric vehicle (EV) being used by police and at airports.

The zero-emission “Raptor” can go up to 25mph and has an estimated charge distance of 60 miles.

According to the BBC, Ecospin say they have already received interest from London’s Metropolitan Police force as well as firms in Dubai and Singapore.

Whereas other vehicles of this type are currently reserved only for use in private grounds the “Raptor” is the first in its class to be approved for road use in Europe.

“We spent two years refining the design so that it met the requirements of the UK’s Vehicle and Operating Servicing Agency,” Phil Loomes, co-creator of the “Raptor”, told the online magazine Digital Manufacturing. “This means that our EV can be registered for use on both private land and on roads, something that will appeal to police forces, local governments and major event organisers…the Olympics is one possible application.”

Mr Loomes, an expert in automotive design, created the three-wheeler alongside his brother, David, an expert in electronics.

The brothers, who say they plan to source parts and labor locally, took two years to develop the product and sunk over $1.9 million of their money into the project. They will charge around £6,000 ($9,500) for the vehicle.

A number of three-wheel EVs already exist on the market, but for a wide variety of roles.

London-based designer Noppan Kewkanjai created an electric trike, the EL-1, which he said could be used as a mode of transport in developing countries, as an alternative to scooters and motorbikes. Kewkanjai’s says the electric engine in his trike is key to its development as a vehicle designed for developing nations; since electricity costs less than gasoline in those nations.

Paul Willis has been journalist for a decade. Starting out in Northern England, from where he hails, he worked as a reporter on regional papers before graduating to the cut-throat world of London print media. On the way he spent a year as a correspondent in East Africa, writing about election fraud, drought and an Ethiopian version of American Idol. Since moving to America three years ago he has worked as a freelancer, working for CNN.com and major newspapers in Britain, Australia and North America. He writes on subjects as diverse as travel, media ethics and human evolution. He lives in New York where, in spite of the car fumes and the sometimes eccentric driving habits of the yellow cabs, he rides his bike everywhere.