Maryland, Please Welcome the Autocycle

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AutocycleA new kind of vehicle has the green light on the state’s streets.

The autocycle, a three-wheeled vehicle that is somewhere between a motorcycle and a car, is set to make its debut thanks to new regulations from the state. The state’s General Assembly passed the rules earlier this year, but they just took effect last month.

Like smart cars, the smaller and sometimes more fuel efficient versions of cars have been gaining popularity as word spreads. State regulations are starting to catch up, the AP reports, but the rules are uneven. Just like with Tesla, Maryland is looking to make room for this transportation innovation.

There’s a wide range in this case. One model, called the Elio, is being marketed at $6,800, and it gets 84 MPG. But for now it’s still in the prototype phase. The Polaris Slingshot, better known as the “Reverse Trike,” is on the road and starts around $20,000.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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