The trike is available in three battery capacities.

Malta isn’t a major hub of the international EV industry, but the island’s Silex Power is launching a high-performance electric trike through a new firm called Valene Motors. The company claims even the least powerful version with 107 horsepower (80 kilowatts) can reach 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in less than 4.2 seconds. If that seems unbelievable than the flagship model would apparently have an unimaginable 810 horsepower (600 kW). 

Like the Morgan EV3, the Black Mamba uses two wheels up front for steering and a single, powered wheel in the back. In this case, and a hub motor provides the propulsion, and the battery sits behind the driver. Customers could order a 15 kilowatt-hour unit with an alleged 180 kilometre (112 miles) range, 30 kWH to go 310 km (193 miles), or 50 kWH to go 500 km (311 miles).

Valene Motors constructs the Black Mamba’s chassis from a steel spaceframe and uses composite materials for the scant body. At 3.71 metres (12.2 feet) long, the trike is a bit longer than an Ariel Atom at 3.41 m (11.2 feet).

Valene Motors claims the Black Mamba is currently in the advanced prototype stage and deliveries could begin next year starting at 35,000 euros (approx. $51,000 CAD). The electric trike might be fun, but whenever an unknown company announces a vehicle, it’s best to remain skeptical. Until the Black Mamba hits the road, we’re taking the lofty performance claims about the little vehicle with a big grain of salt.

After recent amendments to licensing and registration rules to trikes in Canada, at least these will be street legal in most provinces including Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec when it does get here.

Source: Valene Motors

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