The Persu Hybrid (formerly the VentureOne) is a two-passenger three wheeled vehicle being developed by Persu Mobility for sale in 2010. It will be a plug-in hybrid vehicle. It is classified legally as a 3 wheel motorcycle. The Persu Hybrid is projected to have a fuel economy of 75 mpg and a top speed of over 100 mph (160 km/h). The design was scheduled to be finalized in late 2008 with a California rollout starting in early 2010. However, Persu Mobility decided to scrap their serial drive train and start over designing a parallel drive train in late 2008. At this point there is no projected date for the design to be finalized.
The Persu Hybrid will feature an automatic balancing "Dynamic Vehicle Control" system, which is said to allow full stability under almost all circumstances. The DVC technology has been developed by Carver Europe (formally Vandenbrink) and is currently also offered to third parties. The DVC will allow the vehicle to tilt into a turn, up to forty-five degrees, leading fans of the vehicle to compare it to an aircraft banking into a turn.
Other companies involved in the project include Swift Engineering, Roush Engineering, AMCI, AutoPacific, Wanxiang America Corporation, and Boshart Engineering.
A prototype Persu Hybrid is currently being developed. Current estimations are that it will weigh approximately 1,400 pounds (635 kg) in final form, with an overall width of 51 inches (1,295 mm), a length of 140 inches (3,556 mm), and a 110-inch (2,794 mm) wheelbase.
Persu Mobility plans to initially offer two propulsion packages for the Persu: the E50 and more powerful Q100.
As of December 2009, the Persu is no longer listed as an entrant in the Progressive Automotive X Prize.