Carver Declares Bankruptcy, Tilting Three-Wheeler Orphaned

Tony O'Kane | Jul 1, 2009

CARVER EUROPE, the Dutch company responsible for the extraordinarily dramatic Carver One three-wheeler, has declared bankruptcy and closed up shop.

While not exactly possessing the broadest consumer appeal, the Carver One - which put in an appearance at the Melbourne Motor Show - boasted a unique and innovative automatic tilting mechanism that improved manoeuvrability while looking damned cool in the process.

Seems that demand for quirky three-wheelers was squished by the global recession, leaving Carver with an evaporating market for its solitary road-going product.

The company was ostensibly formed to manufacture and market its tilting technology (named Dynamic Vehicle Control) to major automakers, but the Carver One was virtually its sole source of income.

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Only 200 Carver Ones were sold in the past two years, well short of the company's targets. A major supply deal (the details of which aren't known) had apparently been brokered between Carver and another company, but was scuttled in May after the global economic situation made it unviable.

However, while Carver Europe has gone under, the company responsible for marketing its Dynamic Vehicle Control system still remains active.

Will the Carver's distinctive tilting mechanism find its way into another manufacturer's product?

Low acceptance of the Carver One would probably make most car and bike manufacters think twice before adopting the technology for a similar vehicle.

That said, when markets recover there may yet be a resurgence of interest in fully-enclosed articulated three-wheeled quasi-bikes.

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  • Noel Lewis-Watts says,
    5 years ago
    Are there any Carver Ones still for sale? Liqudation?
  • m,saleem butt says,
    5 years ago
    hello there ,
    after i saw these bad news before carver company declared bankruptcy and closed up shop i am in shocked ,
    because i think this machine is the better in all aspect for our future , and one mor thing who,s most interesting in our asia and europe every one like this carver, about performance of carver and design it,s so coolllllllllllllll
    i have a suggestion for carver company and administration if you want to build carver in cheep than this rate you came here in Pakistan and start a new company / assembling plant
    because in our site you can get man power and material in very low price than in other countries ,in last
    i wish may God bless this company ,
    best regards n byebye
  • TOM says,
    5 years ago
    ARE THERE ANY MACHINES OUT THERE STILL FOR SALE, RETIRING SOON WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE TO TOUR EUROPE, TOM
  • Cru says,
    5 years ago
    All of my dreams are dead and gone.
  • John says,
    5 years ago
    Why? Man!!!......... When I first saw these I knew that I had to have one, and sooner or later it was going to happen........will they do the "comeback" ???? I hope so.
  • Dan outside of DC says,
    4 years ago
    I am CRUSHED.... It is (was) one of the many new innovations in mobility that I would give my left n*t for. I suppose I will move on to the Tesla. sob sob
  • Billy says,
    4 years ago
    OH my God, the Carver is out of the picture, it was the most finest vehicle in the planet, I would have bought all of its product and sale it here in the USA..It's a shame, but soon it will return!!!
  • Kieren says,
    4 years ago
    What a shame great vehicle shame about the £29,000 price tag. maybe this was the reason for its downfall. Only 200 were ever sold. I would love to get my hands on one but the price always put me off. Great piece of technology though.
  • Gary jensen says,
    4 years ago
    Being handicapped, myself, this would have been of great use to me.
    I hope they get up and running again.
  • Martin says,
    4 years ago
    Sadly it was inevitable. I seriously looked into acquiring one of these but the base price was over £30,000 and if you wanted the regular model with passenger seat etc it was close to £40,000! This was a ridiculous price for a two seater 3 wheeler with limited performance, the whole pricing strategy and marketing plan was flawed. Brilliant concept though and they looked terrific fun – just wildly too expensive.
  • Loic says,
    4 years ago
    Living in Hanoi and would absolutely love to ship over a used or new one to help cope with the chaos around here. The carver would be ideal for this city and the Vietnamese would love to try to produce a version here if it were ever possible....price tag aside, what a great concept! Need one here asap!
  • paul giannobile says,
    12 days ago
    1 like
    Does anyone know who bought the assets of the bankrupt company? Very interested . Thanks for any information. Paul

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