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Arcimoto

Arcimoto is an electric vehicle company from Eugene, Oregon[1] developing the Pulse/SRK, a tandem two-seat, three-wheeled electric vehicle.

The company’s founder, Mark Frohnmayer, is the son of politician and former Dean and President of the University of Oregon, David B. Frohnmayer. He was a founder of GarageGames.

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The company’s first vehicle is a tandem two-seat car with an estimated range of 40 miles (64 km), 80 miles (130 km), or 160 miles (260 km), depending on battery pack purchased, and a theoretical fuel economy of 190 MPGe at neighborhood driving speeds.[2] The Pulse is freeway capable, with a maximum speed of 65 mph (105 km/h). The company announced the Pulse and revealed their third prototype in September 2009. As of September 2010, the company was finishing their fourth prototype, which added front-wheel drive andregenerative braking.[3] Arcimoto revealed their fifth prototype, renamed the SRK, on April 23, 2011. According to Frohnmayer an actor from Castle drove their vehicle and came out saying it was like driving a shark, which is where the name SRK came from.[4] This model added extra power (89 hp) and four body designs on a common chassis.[5] According to Frohnmayer generation 6 will be the pilot with 14 vehicles produced, 10 of which already have committed purchasers.[4] Generation 7 is expected to be the mass production model in late 2012.[4] The Gen6 SRK was revealed in April 2012, at which time the pilot run had been increased to 40 units, sold for $41,000 each.

The SRK is expected to begin selling in 2012 for a base configuration “under $20,000” and to charge in “about 6 to 8 hours to charge from a standard 110 volt outlet if the batteries are completely depleted.”[6] The company is taking pre-orders from residents of the United States and its territories.

[edit]References

  1. ^ “”Feature: Arcimoto Pulse EV Launch” from”. The Truth About Cars. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  2. ^ Blanco, Sebastian (2009-09-28). “AutoBlogGreen, “Arcimoto Pulse, the latest tiny 3-wheeled electric vehicle, unveiled””. Green.autoblog.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ “Information about the fourth prototype”. Arcimoto. Archived from the original on 27 September 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  4. a b c Said by Frohnmayer during an in class presentation on 7 February 2012 atOregon State University.
  5. ^ “SRK | Arcimoto”. Arcimoto. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  6. ^ “Frequently Asked Questions about the Arcimoto Pulse”. Arcimoto.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.

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