• Sep 28th 2009 at 5:29PM
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Arcimoto Pulse– Click above for high-res image gallery

Hey, look! It's another quirky three-wheeled electric vehicle. This time, we're talking about the recently-revealed Arcimoto Pulse, a tandem two-seat electric car that looks something like a Zap Alias that's been through a compressor, or perhaps a Toyota Yaris that's gone through a chef's mandolin.

The company's website says that the trike uses a 96-volt power system and a DC electric motor that puts out 80 ft. lb. torque. The vehicle has a top speed of 55 mph and a range somewhere between 50 and 100 miles (the number has an unexplained asterisk on the company's website). Arcimoto, based in Eugene, Oregon, says the Pulse gets an estimates 190+ mpg, but how they arrived at that number is anyone's guess.

Price? Not set yet, but it will be "under $20,000" and an example of your very own can be reserved with a $500 fee ($450 of which is refundable). The first 300 Pulses are due late next year.

[Source: Arcimoto]

Feature Specification
Electric Motor Advanced DC 80 ft·lb torque
Charging 110 volt/15 amp, charges in 6 hours
Transmission Independent 7.5:1fixed ratio
Front Suspension Double A-Arm, coil oveshock suspension
Rear Suspension Swing Arm
Brakes 3-wheel manual disc brakes, mechanically actuated parking brake
Seating Capcity 2
Fuel Tank Nope!
Fuel Economy MGPe est. 190+
Range* 50 - 100 miles
Top Speed 55 mph

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      • 6 Years Ago
      That rearend + oddly placed wheel look ridiculous.

      They really need to upgrade to a junior college educated graphic designer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if you are going to photoshop a car, dont start with a Yaris!
      • 6 Years Ago
      190+mpg and a range of only 50 to 100miles?

      It only has a 1/2gal tank?? They can't even fit a whole gallon of gas in there??
        • 6 Years Ago

        Now that a really funny observation!!! Thanks,
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool, its got a spare tire in the back!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks claustrophobic. There are better ways to package two seats.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is a real vehicle. It's also a prototype that looks and feels quite similar to what our final vehicle will look like. At the time we took the photo, we didn't have windows and had to photoshop windows into the picture.

      The current battery pack (AGM Lead Acid batteries) will have a 50 mile range. We will be offering battery upgrades (Li-Ion) that will extend the vehicle range to 100 miles.

      Our intention is to offer a commuter vehicle that has many of the comforts of an internal combustion engine car and is accessible to the masses (thus the under $20K).

      Katie Wilson-Hamaker
      VP Marketing, Arcimoto
      • 6 Years Ago
      why am I having a deja´vu in this post?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, in some ways it IS a Yaris. This car appears to use most of the door assembly from the 3-door, and the headlights from the sedan. I also saw a few interior photos and it uses some of the door trim from the 3-door as well. On the other hand, I think the rear 3/4 windows are from a Ford Mustang? :-D
      • 6 Years Ago
      half a yaris...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does feel like im looking at half of a Toyota Barfis
        • 6 Years Ago
        I defintely see the front of a Yaris there.

        All in all, this looks to me like one of the worst photoshopped "renderings" I've ever seen. There's not a single part of the image that looks the slightest bit real to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is anyone else in the UK thinking 21st century Fools & Horses?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not do it the other way around, two wheels at the back and one at the front and make it tilt
      *Carver* cough... I would LOVE to have one of those...
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