Now, more on whether Arcimoto will become the little electric motor that could.

The Oregon-based maker of three-wheeled battery-electric vehicles, is planning to build a pilot fleet of 15 vehicles, the company said in its newsletter last month.

The company said it benefitted from exhibiting the EV at the EVS26 conference in Los Angeles in May, and made "lots of good contacts at the show for vehicle parts, solidifying some of our component decisions as we head into pilot build." All that doesn't add up to an official launch date, though.

Last December, Oregon-based Arcimoto said it was testing the Generation 6 version of the EV, which it said was smaller and had both a lower profile and shorter wheelbase than prior versions, cutting both weight and drag. The fifth-generation Arcimoto was said to have a 40-mile single-charge range from its lead-acid battery and a 65-mile-per-hour top speed. Previously, the launch price has been estimated at about $17,500.


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      JP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Three wheels = eternal fail.
      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      $17,500?! Wow, you could be driving a Fit or Fiesta or a many other real and efficient vehicles.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      They would be 1000% better off making electric farm vehicles in partnership with John Deere or some other company. There should be a market for farm vehicles that don't have to travel more than 10 miles in a day, don't have to go above 30mph, and plugging it in will be much easier for the farmer than driving to get a 5 gallon gas can filled up every few days. There are a bunch of wind farmers out there that could be producing their own 'fuel' Even if they made these off-road vehicles on their own, it would be better than a 3-wheel car. 3-wheel cars do not sell. Put 4 wheels on it.
        Warren
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        I suspect they, like many of the other three wheel startups would love to run four wheels. For starters, the track width could be reduced almost 50%. But they don't have that option. That would make them a "car", with the astronomical regulatory obstacles that puts in place. Currently, a legal car is loaded down with so much junk that even the tiny Smart Fortwo electric weighs a literal ton.
          Warren
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Warren
          Interestingly, many of those Chinese four wheel ATVs are twice as big as a WWII jeep, and can be run on the public roads around here, with a "farm" plate. You can drive them on a 65 mph road into town to pick up feed. I saw my neighbor with his wife and two kids out for a joy ride the other day. No cop would ever stop them. But if they had, he could have said they were heading over to the next farmers for something.