T-3 EV Designed for Law Enforcement
The T3 looks like a film prop left behind from the set of a futuristic Hollywood cop movie. Yes, it’s strange looking—and maybe a little dorky too. But you really need to ride this thing to appreciate it. The 240-lb. T3 is an electric trike built for police and other security applications as a replacement for a Segway, bicycle or golf cart.
The mid-level model we rode last week was powered by twin 20-lb. lithium-ion battery packs good for a range of 45 miles and had a top speed of 25 mph. An up-level battery pack is available for a range of 75 miles. Now 25 mph may not sound very impressive, but twist the grip to full throttle and the torque will actually spin the front tire until wisps of smoke appear. Chasing down perps shouldn’t be a problem for the T3.
It also has a zero-degree turning radius, so when you crank the handlebars to one side, you can spin the vehicle 360 degrees within its own wheelbase. At speed, you simply lean into the turns to keep that inside rear wheel planted on the pavement, but be sure to make your steering inputs smoothly—it is a trike after all. With a little practice, the T3 is fun to ride, especially with the lights flashing and the siren wailing.
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