You can get a three-wheel 225 mpg plug-in hybrid in June, but you’ll need to make it yourself. Riley Enterprises, a product design firm out of Glendale, Arizona says that it will introduce plans for its XR-3 plug-in hybrid, a all-wheel drive, three-wheel sports car. The company plans to eventually introduce a full kit to build the car, but right soon you’ll be able to get plans for a “complete do-it-yourself construction.”
The XR-3 is supposed to get between 125 and 225 mpg. It includes a three cylinder diesel engine that powers the front wheels and an electric motor run by a lithium-ion battery for the single rear wheel. It can change between battery only, diesel only, and hybrid driving modes.
â€œWeâ€™ve made a technology leap by designing a super-simple hybrid power system, but â€˜technologyâ€™ itself was not the main thrust of the project,â€ said Robert Q. Riley, company president and author of â€œAlternative Cars in the 21st Century.â€ â€œWe focused on the power of â€˜designâ€™ to define a new category of personal mobility products that are neither automobiles nor motorcycles.â€
You can check out the company’s website here, or head on over to Gizmodo for a whole bunch of pictures of the XR-3.