Arcimoto is one of those companies with a keen interest in the electric vehicle market. Based in the United States, in the state of Oregon, it was widely talked about last year thanks to its FUV (Fun Utility Vehicle). In case you didn’t know yet, this is an electric vehicle halfway between car and motorcycle. As if this model weren’t enough, the company is now back in the spotlight with the astonishing Arcimoto Roadster.
In development phase
The Roadster is currently in the development phase. It is based on the same platform as the FUV. This means that it also has two wheels at the front and one at the rear. According to Electrek, the configuration of the double front wheel provides better stability. The vehicle should therefore be more manoeuvrable than a conventional motorcycle.
The main difference between the two machines is that the Fun Utility Vehicle has a semi-closed design, while the Roadster has no roof, requiring the driver and passenger to wear helmets. Because of this design difference, unlike the previous model which had buggy-like seats, Arcimoto’s new three-wheel electric vehicle has motorcycle-like seats. The elongated part towards the rear wheel serves as a luggage rack.
A top speed of 120 km / h
On the performance side, the Arcimoto Roadster has according to the media mentioned above a top speed of 120 km / h. It will be able to drive a distance of 165 km per (full) charge. Since it will be assembled at the Oregon plant where the FUV is also built, it is highly likely that Arcimoto will integrate the motor into the front wheels for ease of assembly.
As you can see, we have very little information about the technical setup. The price and release date of the product is also unknown. It should be noted, however, that Arcimoto aims to produce up to 50,000 electric vehicles per year within two years.
A utility for parcel delivery. Photo credit: Arcimoto
To this end, a partnership with DHL has been concluded to facilitate the delivery of orders to the United States. In the case of the FUV, which is currently priced at $ 19,990, deliveries will be split into two phases. Arcimoto plans to fulfill orders in the 48 states closest to its production site first before serving Alaska and Hawaii. However, no information is available regarding international sales.