Originally published on EV Obsession.
A startup based in Eugene, Oregon, by the name of Arcimoto is currently working on a mini electric vehicle that will sell for less than $12,000, according to recent reports.
The model — known as the Arcimoto SRK — will reportedly possess a range of 70 miles per full charge, and a top speed of 80 miles per hour.
The president of Arcimoto, Mark Frohnmayer, commented: “I was looking for something that could get me to work without getting wet or that I could take out for a night on the town but that wasn’t a full-size car. If you look at how people drive today, it’s one person sitting in 4,000 pounds of steel to pick up a bag of groceries. It’s totally insane.”
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It is light, agile, fun to drive and can park almost anywhere a motorcycle can. It can carry two people or there is an optional Deliverator model that replaces the rear seat with an enclosed cargo compartment. Just the thing for getting necessities into the hands of customers who live in crowded urban areas.
The SRK is actually the 8th model of the Arcimoto since Frohnmayer built the first prototype back in 2007. He has made constant improvements since then and has finally reached the stage where he is ready to begin production.
…The SRK is available with articulated doors that resemble the falcon wing doors found on the Tesla Model X. You can even order yours with a solar panel roof to help charge the battery on sunny days. The battery uses the same 18650 lithium ion cells employed by Tesla. A 12 kWh battery pack is standard with a 20 kWh battery optional. The larger battery gives the SRK an impressive 130 miles of range. The battery can be recharged using either Level 1 or Level 2 equipment. Frohnmayer is exploring making DC fast charging available as well. As it is, a Level 2 charger will add about 40 miles of range for every hour it is plug in.
While the idea is interesting, I can’t help but wonder why someone wouldn’t just buy a used Nissan LEAF — as the prizes are quite comparable. I guess that some people may prefer the styling, or the idea?
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