• Jul 13th 2011 at 7:01PM
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Arcimoto SRK – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you've heard about Arcimoto, an electric vehicle start-up, and have been wondering what's up with the company and their three-wheeled product, wonder no more. Translogic has tracked the company down, taken a fifth-generation prototype – the SRK – for a ride and made one of their fancy-pants videos that fills you in on everything you need to know.

Just in case you don't have five minutes to spare, here's the meat and potatoes of this front-wheel-drive, tomato-colored trike's story: it has a 40-mile range with a 65 mile per hour top speed. Batteries are lead acid (to keep the price affordable at $17,500), though lithium packs are also available that will double that range. The company website also mentions a 180-mile touring pack possibility. Charging takes six hours at 110 volts but only two at 220 volts. It's zippy with a zero-to-sixty of 9.8 seconds and can carry two people.

The company will have several, more weather-resistant variations available when they begin production. Unfortunately, no date for deliveries is mentioned, which leads us to believe they are still seeking investment capital. We wish them good luck with that (in a non-ironic sort of way) and hope it isn't long before we hear some good news. In the meantime, come with us past the break for a big yummy video taste of their three-wheeled dream.

[Source: Translogic]




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      JP
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another overpriced three wheeled freak wagon that will never amount to anything. Nothing to see here.
      Spec
      • 4 Years Ago
      Again . . . I think the window for these vehicles has closed now that the major car makers started building EVs.
        GoodCheer
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Well, it is still half the cost of a Leaf. I suspect some will sell. It's clearly not a 'competitive product' in the broader sense, but the novelty value will be very high for some.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is my new favorite show. Started watching it last weekend on the DivX channel. Very cool
      Nick
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like something you could pick up from PepBoys for $3000
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      new types of vehicles is ok. that part is ok. a few points I'm less happy with. lead acid is really dead. it costs more than lithium. you might pay less at first but it only lasts months or at best a couple of years and the range is very short. it has no attention to aerodynamics. that's less important if it is a city runner but why not do it.. the weight is horrible. less than 2000lbs.. how do you even get there with such a limited config. I guess fill it with lead.. the whole structure should be aimed for lower weight. thinner lighter wheels. if you have to go with car wheels, at least use the narrowest/lightest. the usb thing is neat though. you can have master keys and temporary keys. it can work and be safe. doing it all with a docking for a phone is good too. assuming a decent navigation app exists. I think you'd want the price lower than 17500$ but they are probably going to sell some at that price point. not many though. maybe 50 a year..
        skierpage
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Mark Frohnmayer is making a vehicle. What the hell have you ever done with your life to offer an alternative to gas guzzlers?
        EVnerdGene
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        good points except lead-acid is about $60/kw-hr at wholesale, and lithium-based is $400-500-600-700-800/kw-hr I'd guess this small manufacturer is looking at the high end of my prices due to volume. Big difference. You think it is hard to sell a $17,000 car like this? Try a $30,000 car like this.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 4 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          350$/kWh thundersky and such. not 800. you can even go to 250$/kWh with laptop cells but that's more complicated. and for car use lead acid can only use about half its energy because of peukert effect. that narrows the price gap further. and then there is the lifespan and then lithium is ahead. plus possibly weight difference if you decide to use a lot of lead, because weight begets weight. I happen to know stuff Gene. I wouldn't overlook something obvious as price.
          EVnerdGene
          • 4 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          "lead is known to be super crap. should never be used for commercial EVs. even golf carts should go lithium. lead is dead. I killed it : ) " Like in the coupla hundred thousand golf carts sold every year ? Commercial fleet pricing for a golf cart is under $4000. That includes about $400 worth of lead-acid batteries - six batteries at about .8kw-hr each = 4.8kw-hrs. Let's replace them with www.valence.com lithium batteries. I'd suggest a U27-12XP twelve-volt module with ~1.6 kw-hrs each. You'll need three to equal the lead-acids for a low-tech 36v system. A quick search for retail for this battery, I found diyelectric.com saying $2550. each FOB china. That's $7500 for the pack. OK. we're comparing retail with wholesale. Lead golf cart batteries retail for roughly $100 each = $600 for the pack. going with lithium in a golf cart, you're looking at $10,000 per golf cart, for the same range, less weight (less stability and traction), maybe twice the life - maybe, a more expensive charger, and now requires a BMS and lots of added complexity - not to mention added safety issues??? I could go on and on with the economics of it; and the marketability; butt,
          EVnerdGene
          • 4 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          Don't think that I'm defending lead-acid, or belittling lithium-based batteries. They both have issues. Lead-acid: weight and life Lithium-based: cost, safety, and life Lithium-based - maybe 3 times the life of lead-acid (unless the lead-acid are terribly abused like pulling 300, 500, 1000 amps out of a trolling motor batteries or SLAs - which hobbiest try to do - regularly - in fact, probably this very vehicle ) Read about Leaf, Tesla, and Volt only using about 50% of the capacity of their lithium cells. Why? I'll have to disagree with you about what you call "peukert effect". Lead acid cells in golf carts are regularly taken to 80% discharge, and last for 4 to 6 years in commercial service. (confusing with Peukert's curve?). Everyone claims lithium-based batteries last for 10+ years. How can you say that when none have been in service for ten years??????????????????????? QUESTION: 18650 cells last for 2 to 4 years in most laptop applications, but EV enthusiasts claim they will last for ten years in an EV ??????? I'm dazed and confused by all of this. BTW: Lead-acid batteries suck. I told you I wasn't defending lead-acid.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 4 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          a laptop battery is not engineered to last Gene. some burst into flame due to overheating. laptop cells die quickly if they get hot. even though laptop cells are the shortest lived type of lithium there are tesla roadsters who have done over 100000km already. unfortunately he didn't say how long the range is but I wouldn't be surprised if they go 300000km before pack change or even more. and that's laptop cells. good iron phosphate cells look like they may last 'forever'. if you don't overcharge or underdischarge them and don't get them too hot they seem to last a very long time. the first laptop based tzero EV is maybe 8 years old now. the myth that lithium batteries are too new is busted. lead is known to be super crap. should never be used for commercial EVs. even golf carts should go lithium. lead is dead. I killed it : )
      fly by wireless
      • 4 Years Ago
      Vehicle: Nice What's ugly: Price If a Nissan Versa can hover around $10K to start this should too.
      LEONARD
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whats wrong with these builders? good little car But if your not going to build it under 10k forget it, i mean i don't see over a 7k car shown, thier insurance must be the pricing issue $17.5K sorry far to many choice on real cars even if you did a ev converstion it would come out far less money.
      JSP
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand why someone wouldn't get the Renault Twizy instead, which costs less and has a longer range afforded by its lithium-ion battery pack.
        David
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JSP
        Because the Renault Twizy isn't in the US
          JSP
          • 4 Years Ago
          @David
          Of course, not at the moment. Arcimoto better hope that Nissan never brings it over.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as i like to support my state, i have seen this prototype car in person and can't take it seriously. The interior was literally glued together and the pedals were in the wrong place. The spokesperson acted like they didn't even care about the car, and this was at an EV outing. Got a very bad impression of this company and their product. Best of luck to them, but i have my doubts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I am from Oregon also and share the same opinion, all the VC money in the world won't make this car successful. I have experience in the EV industry, in my opinion this style of car is a main reason why the general public doesn't take EVs seriously. Plus, they are from Oregon (where it rains a lot in the urban areas) an enclosed body should have been a priority in the initial design.
      letstakeawalk
      • 4 Years Ago
      I do like the USB key idea. Being able to email a spare copy could be very handy - but of course certain security issues would have to be addressed.
        Marco Polo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @letstakeawalk
        Ah, who would steal it? Even registered as a motorcycle, I would imagine that this thing would be an insurance nightmare. What's exciting about this era in the development of EV's, is the similarity to pre-monocoque motoring. The chassis allowed individuals to create all kinds of great little weird vehicles. Some of which drew supporters in respectable numbers. Does anyone remember the '50's Messerschmidt, or the Bubble cars, even a British design that could be driven forward or backward with two sets of controls, and a hydraulic turn table that could be lowered for parking ? Eventually, the lack of available chassis, safety issues and the rise of very cheap mass produced hatchbacks etc, drove these eccentric little vehicles, along with kit cars, and even serious couch builders of the roads. IMHO, we might be safer, but aesthetically poorer!
      Ride Recon
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://www.riderecon.net Links to automotive news sources. Updated daily. Drudge Report inspired. Bookmark it.
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