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When I was in Florida I saw these little trucks. Some were flat bed, some were little cargo trucks. I've never seen these in Illinois. I've been told that they can only be used on farms, not registered for road use.

Can anyone tell me more about them??? HP? Top speed?
 

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Loads of video's on youtube about them . Seems they don't meet USA DOT regs so are limited use , something lots of places want to change that as around here some small towns allow some use of golf carts and fourwheelers and gators on town roads already.
 

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If this is what you saw they are very common in third world countries, this one is in Guatamala delivering some beef. Top speed was about 45 they really slowed down traffic on the highway.
 

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There are great little farm trucks. They come in different body styles. Regular cab, Crew Cab(like a van) very short bed, and vans
I think there are close to 45 HP
 

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Many years ago when I was stationed in Germany, they had lots of little 3 wheeled "pickup trucks". A little larger than a Cushman Mailester. Never thought I'd see the day we would have that kind of trash here.

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My neighbor has one on his farm, he bought it a couple of years ago. Its a 5 speed and i think a four cylinder. It flys on the road. The right hand drive is hard to get used to while shifting gears.
 

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Do a little reading on TATA motor cars-from India.They got one coming out aug.2012 that runs on compressed air!! Price is bout 8gran US.or a sack full of ruppes.Lets see what the oil barons do with this one.65mph,range 185mi.Plug up to 110v at home 3hrs.& your off again.This is going to get some attention in Washington!!
 

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I know a guy that has one, I'm pretty sure it's a Yamaha 660 cc engine. it's a good alternative to a utv, cab with heat and a radio for around $5k
 

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Do a little reading on TATA motor cars-from India.They got one coming out aug.2012 that runs on compressed air!! Price is bout 8gran US.or a sack full of ruppes.Lets see what the oil barons do with this one.65mph,range 185mi.Plug up to 110v at home 3hrs.& your off again.This is going to get some attention in Washington!!
I'll believe that when I see it. You have any idea what kind of psi would be required to accomplish those claims - a Mini Nuclear bomb.

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Yep, 660 cc engine on the newer ones.

Bed size is 6 1/2' x 4 1/2'. Capacity is 500-1,000 lbs, depending on model. The actual truck is 10 1/2' by 4 1/2'. They weigh around 1500 lbs. Used in Japan as dock trucks and delivery trucks. Due to their stringent emission standards there, they are generally are put out of service 5-7 years after they're new, and then exported. When imported to the US, they are supposed to be governed at 25 mph. That lockout disappears quick.

I am lucky enough to live in a county in MN where they are legal. Just can't drive them on state highways, we're limited to county, city, and township roads only. If the company I worked for would land a long term job in this county, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

They are off-road vehicles only, unless your individual state has a certain law passed pertaining to them.

Alabama 01/01/2012 any road except interstate highways (effective 01/01/12) 25 mph (effective 01/01/12) mini-truck (effective 01/01/12)
Alaska no state law
Arizona no state law
Arkansas 07/30/09 roads with a posted speed limit of 55 mph or less excluding interstate highways and controlled access highways if vehicle is being used exclusively for farm purposes 55 mph mini-truck
California 01/01/07 natural islands larger than 20,000 acres with a population greater than 4,000,000 no autoette
Colorado no state law
Connecticut no state law
Delaware no state law
District of Columbia no law
Florida 06/16/09 roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less 35 mph mini truck
Georgia no state law
Hawaii no state law
Idaho 01/01/09 local option no utility type vehicle (UTV)
Illinois 08/31/07 roads with a posted speed limit of less than 35 mph if allowed by local ordinance 25 mph neighborhood vehicle
Indiana no state law
Iowa no state law
Kansas 07/01/08 public roads except interstate, federal or state highways; within corporate city limits if allowed under local ordinance no micro utility truck
Kentucky no state law
Louisiana 08/15/08 roads with a posted speed limit of 55 mph or less except interstate highways, controlled access highways, or multi-lane divided highways with partial or no control of access no mini-truck
Maine est. 9/09 roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less 25 mph low-speed vehicle
Maryland no state law
Massachusetts no state law
Michigan no state law
Minnesota 08/01/09 local option local option mini truck
Mississippi no state law
Missouri 08/14/08 local option 45 mph utility vehicle
Montana no state law
Nebraska 01/01/11 any road except interstate highways, freeways or expressways no minitruck
Nevada no state law
New Hampshire 9/11/10 roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less located within 25 miles of the registrant's home or place of business no low-speed utility vehicle
New Jersey no state law
New Mexico no state law
New York no state law
North Carolina no state law
North Dakota 08/01/07 any paved road except highways with a posted speed of more than 65 mph 55 mph off-highway vehicle
Ohio no state law
Oklahoma 11/01/08 any road except interstate highways no mini-truck
Oregon no state law
Pennsylvania no state law
Rhode Island no state law
South Carolina no state law
South Dakota no state law
Tennessee 07/01/08 streets where the posted speed limit is less than 40 mph; a county or municipality may prohibit the operation of medium-speed vehicles on any road under its jurisdiction if the governing body of the county or municipality determines that such a prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety 35 mph medium-speed vehicle
Texas no state law
Utah 10/01/08 any road except an interstate freeway; limited access highway; street within a county of the first class; municipality that is within a county of the first class; or municipality with a population of 7,500 or more people 45 mph off-highway vehicle or street-legal all-terrain vehicle
Vermont no state law
Virginia no state law
Washington no state law
West Virginia no state law
Wisconsin no state law
Wyoming 01/01/08 any road except interstate highways if a multipurpose vehicle is incapable of achieving the maximum speed allowed on the specific highway, it shall be operated on the extreme right hand edge of the roadway multipurpose vehicle
 

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Yep, 660 cc engine on the newer ones.

Bed size is 6 1/2' x 4 1/2'. Capacity is 500-1,000 lbs, depending on model. The actual truck is 10 1/2' by 4 1/2'. They weigh around 1500 lbs. Used in Japan as dock trucks and delivery trucks. Due to their stringent emission standards there, they are generally are put out of service 5-7 years after they're new, and then exported. When imported to the US, they are supposed to be governed at 25 mph. That lockout disappears quick.

I am lucky enough to live in a county in MN where they are legal. Just can't drive them on state highways, we're limited to county, city, and township roads only. If the company I worked for would land a long term job in this county, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
What does it mean when it says "no state law"?
 

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Do a little reading on TATA motor cars-from India.They got one coming out aug.2012 that runs on compressed air!! Price is bout 8gran US.or a sack full of ruppes.Lets see what the oil barons do with this one.65mph,range 185mi.Plug up to 110v at home 3hrs.& your off again.This is going to get some attention in Washington!!
Ha Ha, Zelda reference much?
 

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I'll believe that when I see it. You have any idea what kind of psi would be required to accomplish those claims - a Mini Nuclear bomb.

Walt Conner
I'm with Walt on this one. Three hours X 15A X 120V= 5400 watts, or about 20,000 BTU's. That's about one sixth the energy in a gallon of gas. That won't run a push mower for three hours, much less a truck for 180 miles.

The only attention this will get in Washington is that the country's math and science skills are sorely lacking.
 
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