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It’s Time for Single-Passenger Electric Vehicles

Myers Motors now sells a three-wheel single seat vehicle, is working on a two person three-wheel vehicle (shown here) and has plans to produce a single-occupant four-wheel car.

Bringing practical, affordable electric cars to market is not just an issue of technology. It’s also is an issue of how one sees the world. From my perspective, what we need is a lot more single-seat cars. Pop Quiz: Out of every 10 cars you see on the road, how many are carrying only one person? Answer: About 9 out of 10.

With this in mind, imagine our rush hour highways filled with colorful, fun-to-drive, 200-MPGe, single seat electric cars speeding their lone occupant to a desired destination. Not only could such a vehicle improve traffic flow by up to 70 percent, but it could also increase energy efficiency by up to 800 percent while reducing transportation’s carbon footprint.

It is hard to imagine something you’ve never seen, but the practicality of purpose-built electric cars that operate as second or third household vehicles (and that can be charged overnight from standard 120-volt outlets) is obvious from a look at U.S. driving data:

70 million people commute daily, by themselves, less than 40 miles.
70 percent of all travel is one or two people driving less than 40 to 60 miles per day.
65 percent of all miles driven in the U.S. are with just one person in the car.
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