Triciclo Pompéo: 3x More Fun
Motoring Channel Staff - 26/March/2008
Three wheels, two seats, and one unmissable design
Powered by a 250cc motorbike engine, the Triciclo
Pompéo can be filled up with petrol or ethanol fuel
Is this the answer to traffic congestion?
With motorbike affordability and car levels of comfort,
the Triciclo Pompéo's concept shows great promise
Though it's not likely to see the light of day in Australia anytime
soon, this new Brazilian 'trike' design is attracting a lot of
It's compact, it's fuel efficient, it's cheap, and it's expected to be highly popular in Brazil where it was designed.
The Pompéo was developed by Triciclo in Brazil and is an original 3-wheeler design.
Unlike some 3-wheelers such as the Dutch-made Carver One that are built for enjoyment and are quite expensive, the Pompéo is a budget vehicle.
to help reduce CO2 emissions and city congestion, the small 2.33 metre
long vehicle is being readied for sale this year and uses a 250cc
motorcycle engine that can run on either petrol or ethanol.
Brazil being one of the world's largest producers of ethanol, this
super-small, highly efficient flexi-fuel engine bodes well for its
The Triciclo company has no plans to export the vehicle outside of Latin America, but the idea has legs.
anyone who has considered buying a motorcycle or scooter to reduce
their carbon footprint and help ease the congestion that strangles road
transport in cities right across the globe, this vehicle will make
While a motorcycles are often seen as less safe
and expose the rider, who is also more vulnerable to the
elements, Triciclo's affordable Pompéo offers a solution for both issues.
it features an enclosed cockpit, doors, seatbelts and safety systems
it's potentially safer than a two-wheeler.
Triciclo Pompéo will also keep occupants isolated from bad
weather and it's likely that a helmet will not be required when in
operation - good for people with expensive haircuts.
Triciclo reckons the Pompéo will weigh less than 500kg, which should provide the vehicle with some performance as well.
the 0.25-litre engine is small, the vehicle's low weight will help it
accelerate, though exactly how rapidly it can sprint to 100km/h is not
The 2-seater vehicle is controlled via car-like
steering wheel and pedals and offers all the comforts of a car, but at
the drastically reduced price and running costs of a motorcycle.
it's 3-wheeled setup, the dynamics of the vehicle would also differ
greatly from both car and bike, and could be one of the more enjoyable
modes of transport to control.
Though this particular design is
not likely to make it's way to major Western car markets such as Europe
and North America any time soon, the idea is very promising and would
open up a whole new market segment.
- Carver One (2007)
- Smart Cars - Hybrid (2007)
- Triciclo Website