You might have seen a weird vehicle at any number of recent car show that sits somewhere between motorcycles and cars.
It’s called an autocycle, and while the idea is hardly new, it kind of reached its peak about 2014, only to leave most hopeful buyers cooling their heels waiting for vehicles to roll off the factory floor.
But what is an autocycle? Where does it sit in the mobility ecosystem? More importantly, can it emerge as the future of micromobility?
What is an autocycle?
Legally, an autocycle is a three-wheeled, typically enclosed vehicle, that, as the name suggests, is essentially part motorcycle and part car.
Let’s compare it to a three-wheel motorbike:
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures(NCSL) there are several key three-wheel motorcycle characteristics
- It has handlebars
- You can straddle or sit astride
- Need to be registered