Chinese Car Maker Knocks-Off Prius, Leaves Off Wheel, May Be Electric

Sometimes, less is more. These three-wheeled knock offs of western cars might be such a case. Sure, they're not safe, they're poorly made and they're slow, but who wouldn't want to drive one? More cute and cuddly than their western counterparts, Jin Da Lu's copies are likely to be way more efficient too, powered by an assortment of electric motors and two-stroke gasoline engines.

Our favorite is the pilfered Prius. By using just three wheels rolling resistance is sure to be reduced, as is weight, due to the absense of safety equipment. To top it all off, the lack of a tail pipe may mean the Chinese have beaten Toyota, offering the first all-electric, plug-in Prius on the market. [Via CarScoop]