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Designed to help reduce CO2 emissions and city congestion, the small 2.33 metre long vehicle is being readied for sale this year and uses a 250cc motorcycle engine that can run on either petrol or ethanol. With Brazil being one of the world\'s largest producers of ethanol, this super-small, highly efficient flexi-fuel engine bodes well for its domestic market.For anyone who has considered buying a motorcycle or scooter to reduce their carbon footprint and help ease the congestion that strangles road transport in cities right across the globe, this vehicle will make sense. While a motorcycles are often seen as less safe and expose the rider, who is also more vulnerable to the elements, Triciclo\'s affordable Pomp�o offers a solution for both issues. Triciclo reckons the Pomp�o will weigh less than 500kg, which should provide the vehicle with some performance as well.
Though the 0.25-litre engine is small, the vehicle\'s low weight will help it accelerate, though exactly how rapidly it can sprint to 100km/h is not yet known. The 2-seater vehicle is controlled via car-like steering wheel and pedals and offers all the comforts of a car, but at the drastically reduced price and running costs of a motorcycle.With it\'s 3-wheeled setup, the dynamics of the vehicle would also differ greatly from both car and bike, and could be one of the more enjoyable modes of transport to control.Though this particular design is not likely to make it\'s way to major Western car markets such as Europe and North America any time soon, the idea is very promising and would open up a whole new market segment