Aug 22, 2019 - 02:31 pm

Carver trike makes comeback with electric drive


The Dutch tricycle-car with tilting technology is celebrating a comeback with an electric drive. The electric car, or quad rather, which will be available in autumn, will be cheaper than its fossil-fuelled predecessor, at around €8,000.

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The first Carver was powered by a Daihatsu three-cylinder combustion engine and was discontinued in 2009. However, with the new electric three-wheeler, Carver has not simply switched the motor but has also changed the concept and orientation of the two-seater. Previously, with the 50 kW combustion engine, the Carver One was supposed to be able to replace a car in almost every situation. Given a price of nearly 60,000 euros, only 200 buyers were found between 2007 and 2009 – which is why the project ended in insolvency.

In the ensuing time, Carver kept itself alive by selling this tilting technology, and now similar technology is used in three-wheeled cargo bikes. Carver’s tilting device is called Dynamic Vehicle Control, or DVC. Hydraulic mechanisms can lean the body up to 45º to counteract the side load, making the vehicle more stable. The big difference between the old and the new Carver is an overall reduced energy usage: from 50 kW of the combustion engine in the original version, the late Carver now uses two electric motors each using only two kW. Carver has limited the maximum speed to 45 km/h. The slim, covered vehicle weighs 330 kilograms and has a range of 100 kilometres.

With a width of just 88 centimetres, the Carver is built to serve as a commuter vehicle in the city. This means it has similar advantages to a motorbike in heavy traffic, only slower, with the benefit of being covered or open as the driver so desires. The battery (5.3 kWh) located at the rear can be charged in 6.5 hours at a household socket.

The e-Carver has enough space for two adults sitting one behind the other. Also, some luggage can be stowed in a small boot of 75 litres. The roof above the grille frame can be opened, turning the e-Carver into a kind of Targa. Drivers will at least need a scooter license to drive the new Carver.

Update 02 October 2019: Carver has now started production in the Dutch town of Leeuwarden, and already delivered the first electric trikes to customers. Through its subsidiary Velosophy, the Accell Group holds a 40 per cent stake in Carver.,, (update)


10 Kommentare zu “Carver trike makes comeback with electric drive

  1. bob best

    nice But why is no manufacture making a e cruiser ?
    sports, off rd, scooters, but no cruisers.

  2. Jörg

    Why is this car not sold in Germany?

    • Nicky McKay

      not sold is OK but why not sale is the matter !

  3. daniele g

    I would like to test and may be buy one here in France, is it possible?

  4. Cesar

    Where can I buy one carver tricycle?

  5. eric decker

    Most three-wheeler entrepreneurs think in motorcycle-like vehicles, but a triangel platform may well make for a great car-like vehicle too. Best one I’ve seen so far, though only in drawings, is the smart-for-three. Put dot com behind the name, and you can seen for yourself.

  6. Mark

    When is this going to be on sale in southeast Asia? I love to have one in the future because this is gonna be the transport for the future. Is there plans for a vehicle with a longer range battery up to 150km or more?

  7. Dean

    Sales in the USA?

  8. Robert

    Very interesting trike. New technology used for a better driving experience. Can one be shipped Cambodia?

  9. Mr Adrian Slater

    I think it looks wicked and you won’t need L plates in the he UK because if you have a full license for a car you can drive or ride the carver, Awesome!!

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