T3 Non-Lethal Response Vehicle uses no gas, but really goes through the rubber bullets


October 19, 2011

The T3 Non-Lethal Response Vehicle is an EV designed for police use in riots and violent protests

The T3 Non-Lethal Response Vehicle is an EV designed for police use in riots and violent protests

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When people are looking into buying an electric vehicle, they typically ask questions like "What sort of range does it get?", "How big is its battery?" or "How long does it take to charge?". They don't usually ask "How many guns does it have?". In the case of T3 Motion's new T3 Non-Lethal Response Vehicle (NLRV), however, that would be a legitimate inquiry. The three-wheeled stand-up EV is designed for police use in riots or violent protests, and it in fact has two semi-automatic launchers, capable of shooting non-lethal ammo at a rate of 700 rounds per minute.

The NLRV is based on the company's T3 Electric Stand-up Vehicle, which has been in use by police forces and security companies since 2006. While the basic T3 is intended more for straight-up transportation, however, the NLRV has some extra features that lend it more to use in confrontational situations.

For starters, there are the two compressed air-powered launchers. They will accept various types of non-lethal ammo, such as pepper balls, water balls, dye markers or rubber projectiles. Up to 10,000 rounds can be carried on the vehicle at once, and can all be fired on one charge of its high-capacity air tanks.

The NLRV additionally features a 40,000-lumen LED deterrent strobe light, along with a riot shield, P.A. system, and puncture-proof tires. It is also capable of recording video.

Below is a short video, which shows the vehicle in action - you would definitely not want to be standing in front of the metal bin.

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Oh God let me into an OWS protest with that! Can it also spray Lysol?

Todd Dunning

Wow, so much for a just society,

Zafar Bukhari

Oh the temptation to use this would be overwhelming. Be the first in your Division 2 loose 700 rounds a minute on middle-aged white people. Of course people knocked to the ground by this would be out of bounds for more rounds. LAPD Metro division is probably already building the charging stations for these. New York will probably assign these to officers like Anthony Bologna.


There\'s some sick people out there that would use this.


Non-lethal? At this rate of fire into a crowd? Just the stampeding would be deadly, not to mention getting hit in the face and eyes when falling down and trying to get back up.

It should be thoroughly tested on the designers and potential customers first....

Absolutely reckless,irresponsible and ill-advised...

It would seem that more riots are expected.


Paul Blart would just be sooo jealous - Mall Cops eat your heart out!!!

Gavin Greaves

History has shown that treating rioters gently, just makes the situation worse.

The two compressed air-powered launchers appear to be convectional paint ball guns. it is difficult to discourage a single assailant with a single half inch low-lethality projectile unless it is an actual tranquilizer dart.

Giving the LEOs enough low-lethality force to do the job reduces the likelihood of them resorting to lethal force.


I think the main buyer for this sort of thing just got wasted by the Libyan people.

Doug MacLeod

With such a great toy as this we will need to find somebody to use it on! Time to question our lust or need for control of majorities of populations. Why so much force necessary?

Ed Reed

Yeah, that video showed exactly how non-lethal it is meant to be because: 1/ It\'s not a tank 2/ It doesn\'t have a grenade launcher; ie it\'s not a tank 3/ It doesn\'t have cannons; ie it\'s not a tank 4/ It doesn\'t have machine gun; ie it\'s not a tank 5/ See number 1

End of story...

Rex Alfie Lee

as long as it can;t burst your eyeballs it\'s ok?

crowd control by force makes me think of the people that peel my shrimp in indonesian factories in hot temperatures 10 hours a day for 1 dollar a day. not that i eat shrimp from supermarkets.

Ooh Bertie

This would be a great tool to suppress violent rioters. I personally know officers who have worked riots and I am sure they would appreciate something like this for when things start to get way out of hand.

Tim Sullivan
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