Taking Arcimoto's three-wheeled EV for a spin

From Engadget - January 13, 2018

At CES, I had the opportunity to get behind the... well, not the wheel. I sat behind the handlebars and whipped the tiny EV around a Las Vegas parking lot. Meant for quick jaunts around town, the two-seater Arcimoto wo not be much help on a trip to Costco. But for the majority of the single person trips around a neighborhood for the truly adventurous, it could replace a second car.

Arcimoto calls their car the FUV (fun utility vehicle). On the road, the Arcimoto, even at slow speeds is exactly that. It's peppy acceleration and quasi-motorcycle feel without the worry of tipping over, create an experience you do not get from your typical electric car. I caught myself leaning like I did as a kid on my three-wheel ATC even though it was not needed. Your childhood memories may vary.

It's set up like a scooter with a twist-and-go accelerator. The front brake is a hand lever with the rear brake positioned on the floor. A single passenger can sit directly behind the driver and both are strapped in with two seatbelts that criss-cross your body. That felt a bit like overkill, but safety first I guess. I could only spend about 30 minutes but apparently, I could have spent hours doing circles thanks to the range of the vehicle.

The base-level 13kWh battery has a range of 70 miles. A larger 20kWh battery pack will keep the Arcimoto FUV on the road for up to 130 miles. It can be charged via the regular 110 wall output at the rate of 10 miles an hour and a level 2 charger will recharge the vehicle at the rate of 40 miles in an hour. Normally I'd be bummed about a vehicle with a 70-mile range. But let's be honest, no one should be using the Arcimoto for road trips of any consequence.


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