• Sep 28th 2009 at 12:55PM
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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 the chopper.

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
      the benefits of a roll-cage are that the vehicle can literally roll and land upside down without crushing the cabin. i believe they are also designed to transfer energy around the cabin instead of through it. i don't know what production passenger vehicles use roll cages, but they are standard in the racing industry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here we go again with tiny trendy vehicles that excel at fuel efficiency but wouldn't provide sufficient protection in a crash. Have you see Smart Car crash test videos? Good gawd, you'd be dead on impact.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There is a definite challenge when designing a small vehicle to share the road with Excursions and Suburbans. At Arcimoto, we are addressing this safety issue in a number of different ways. First, we actually brought in a specialist to take a look at our vehicle and get his perspective of what would happen in the event of a crash. His thoughts, as well as ours, are that because the weight of the vehicle is so low to the ground (all the batteries are below the seat and essentially cover the floor of the chassis) that in the event of an impact, rolling this vehicle would be difficult. We've also designed the structure of the vehicle for the driver and passenger to sit in a safety pod that is built similar to a race car with crumple zones in the rear and the front. Last, we have been performing simulated crash tests and have the capability to perform roof crush resistance tests with our design software. Both of which we will be thoroughly testing on the production version of the Arcimoto Pulse.

        Thanks for your comments!

        Katie Wilson-Hamaker

      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota Yaris photoshop...nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      anybody else think it would behoove companies with designs like this (Myers) to offer a bio-diesel or gas version of these designs? Get people used to the design with a lower cost version. once some get on the road, fewer people will be uncomfortable with the look.

      it would also give the adventurous types something they can tour in...
        • 6 Years Ago
        We've thought about that... but if we're really going to go for it, isn't it better to provide an excellent solution to saving money, resources, and the planet all wrapped up into one product? Go big or go home I suppose.

        We're also looking at range extenders for the future. Either an upgrade to the existing 50 mile range battery pack or a series hybrid.

        Katie Wilson-Hamaker
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Venture One/whatever they call it now is dead, and those jerks at Carver went bankrupt (possibly related), but if these guys can produce a three wheeler at a decent price point, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

      I'd say it looks more like a Tango EV and a Carver had a kid, at least for the front end.

      Too bad it's electric. Drop a decent motorcycle engine in there (...somewhere. I'm not an engineer) and it'd be ideal for me. I have a Yaris liftback and I still feel like it's too big for my daily needs.

      Anyway, I'll keep my eye on this one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I covered the Pulse last week when it was unveiled ( http://www.earthtechling.com/2009/09/the-arcimoto-pulse-launch-a-new-electric-car-premieres/) and found it to be an acceptable possibility as an urban car for short around town trips. It is a little crowded for two people, but has nice looks and the price point is solid. The prototype was fully functional, which was nice. The crew behind the Pulse seems smart, focused and very well should be able to make this EV come to market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the offspring of a TRON lightcycle and a Yaris.

      I like it though. I think tandem seating is a very very good idea.
      I think lead-acid batteries are a dealbreaker though. Hopefully an upgrade is available. A 50 mile range would make it more of a toy and less of a car replacement.
        • 6 Years Ago
        even at 50 miles it would be a perfect city car, and the price and "green cred" would make it very appealing for campuses
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm pretty sure this is a real prototype, not a photoshop vapor-ware model. they had an official public release of the vehicle in portland last friday.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Welcome to another edition of, "How to build an Aptera the wrong way."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in Oregon and think your new company is a great addition for our local economy. I'm into armchair research, (newspapers & internet). I hadn't heard of a solid lead-acid battery before. It sounds good, vs. the liquid acid kind that the rest of us use. The BYD F3DM from china is running into battery failure for their 4-door sedan. They use the Lithium-ion cobalt battery that is only as good as the weakest cell. I'm still uncomfortable with the possibility of a extreme temperature thermal event that those batteries can have. I've run across a Lithium-iron magnesium battery, made by Valence, that doesn't have either of these problems, but might still be to expensive for cars. They use these batteries in industrial applications.

      One description I ran across said driving the Acrimoto would be like a test-pilot in a fighter plane. How cool is that! With the race car crash cage it wouldn't matter if I fell asleep at the wheel. I'd probably walk away. The last time I fell asleep at the wheel I killed a mailbox. I'm 58 and need to be in a crash cage!

      • 6 Years Ago
      The Aptera mops the floor with this, the aerodynamics are terrible for an EV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i live in eugene and participated in an arcimoto focus group. at the time (in May of this year), they were investigating multiple battery configurations, with a base model using lead acid and a possible L-ion upgrade. i'm not sure if that's still their plan, but that could explain the asterisk regarding the range. the other possibility is that the model being released next year only is available with the lead-acid batteries which, if driven conservatively and deep cycled could get the 100 miles, but in typical use would only see a 50 mile range.

      as a side note, arcimoto seems to have favored safety and price over range and cargo capacity. my understanding is that the base model features a full steal roll cage and the car is designed to have the motor and batteries (in the front) slide under the occupants in a head on collision to dissipate the energy. on the other hand i believe this car offers basically zero cargo capacity when there is a passenger in the back, which along with the smaller range accounts for the low price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        so..what are the benefits of this said "steel rolling cage" and what other vehicles have it?
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