Terra Thinks Trikes

When you think of Japan-based vehicle manufacturers, presumably companies like Toyota, Honda, and Nissan come to mind.

When you think of Japan-based vehicle manufacturers, presumably companies like Toyota, Honda, and Nissan come to mind.

But Terra Motors?

Don’t feel badly about not knowing about it.

For one thing, the Tokyo-based company—which has branch offices and factories in Vietnam and Bangladesh—wasn’t established until 2010.

And it doesn’t make cars.

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Instead, it focuses on electric vehicles. . .with two or three wheels, not four.

Indeed, according to Toru Tokushige, CEO and founder of Terra Motors, “We aim to be the number-one tricycle manufacturer in the world.”

Toward that end, it will be launching the R6 early next year.

The vehicle, which has a lead-acid battery, has an estimated range on the order of 90 to 100 km and a top speed of 40 km/h. Or that’s 56 to 62 miles and 25 mph.

The e-rickshaw has a capacity of seven people, as in one driver and six passengers.

The company aims to sell 10,000 electric three wheelers in 2015. In India.