Electric Trike Startup Arcimoto Reveals Flagship Vehicle and Begins Production

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Just three years after it initiated its steady drumbeat of media coverage for its all-electric line of Fun Electric Vehicles (FUV), Eugene, Oregon-based Arcimoto is finally ready to start retail production. To mark the occasion, it revealed its new halo vehicle, the FUV Evergreen Edition.

FUV Evergreen Edition is much like Arcimoto’s other models, in that it offers inline seating for two, three wheels, and plenty of fresh air. Separating it from the more pedestrian mid- and entry-level models, the flagship FUV Evergreen Edition comes standard with heated seats and grips (it has motorcycle-like bars, not a steering wheel), Bluetooth speakers, removable doors, lockable rear storage, Level 1 charge cable, and—for applicable states—HOV lane access.

This twee luxury EV trike boasts a top speed of 75 miles per hour and a 100-mile range per charge.

All of this will set buyers back $19,900 before applicable tax incentives and credits. For that sum, though, Arcimoto Founder and President Mark Frohnmayer reminds would-be customers that they are getting an “American-made solution to the two greatest challenges facing the world today: global warming and getting groceries.”

It’s Not For Everyone –  Literally

With three wheels and many of the amenities you’ve come to expect, the FUV still isn’t exactly a car replacement. Unless you’re replacing a car with no doors.

Retail markets for the FUV Evergreen Edition will be initially limited to Washington, Oregon, and California. Production begins this spring with the first 100 deliveries penciled in for June 2019. Arcimoto plans to fulfill all U.S.-based pre-orders by the second quarter of 2020.

It will be interesting to see how the market responds to Arcimoto and its FUVs. When this line of three-wheeled EVs was originally conceived, the market was fairly barren. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan LEAF were virtually the only options for eco-minded drivers.

Today, however, the all-electric vehicle market is filling up—and with plenty more compelling and affordable four-wheel options from traditional automakers on the way. Will buyers choose an open-air three-wheel two-seater over a Chevrolet, Nissan, or Kia? Only time will tell.


About the Author

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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