Three Wheeled Vehicles Approved for DOE Funding
The Department of Energy has been tossing around funding for pretty much every kind of alternative energy vehicle. However, the funding was originally limited to 4-wheeled vehicles, ruling out some of the manufactures completely. Now, congress has finally made a decision as to the future of DOE funding for 3-wheeled vehicles.
The decision came down to allow 3-wheeled vehicles to receive funding,however they must meet a few stipulations. The wheels must be enclosed, which is most likely a safety precaution due to the lack of extensive testing. Also, the vehicle must get at least 75mpg while carrying 2 adult occupants. This is especially important as it would be easy to make a single-seat, three-wheeled vehicle capable of well over the 75mpg minimum.
The funding must also be approved by the DOE, which will examine each applicant on a case-by-case basis before allowing any money to change hands. However, the decision should make it a little easier to get such funding.
The only step left is for the bill to get President Obama's signature.Auto Blog Green