You’re Invited To Drive The Three-Wheeled Arcimoto SRK EV This Thursday

1 year ago by Peder Norby 11

Arcimoto SRK, Fun open, practical electric mobility

Arcimoto SRK, Fun open, practical electric mobility

We’re liking the Arcimoto SRK, come join us for a test drive!

A bit of history, Julie and I are proud to be among the early EV Pioneers ushering in electric mobility. We began in 2007 with Solar PV and in 2009 as Field Trial drivers with BMW in the pre-production prototypes, the BMW MINI-E & the BMW ActiveE, both very important vehicles in the development of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, all driving on electricity produced by harvested sunshine. We are continuing in that electrifying pioneer spirit with our exploration of various classes of electric mobility.

We’re excited to to be hosting along with EVOasis, the San Diego launch event for Arcimoto this Thursday February 4th from 4pm to 7pm.

If you’re in the San Diego County- Orange County area, we invite you to join us after work on Thursday for a test ride of the Arcimoto SRK & a little woodfired pizza. Just RSVP at this link if you can make it.

https://www.facebook.com/events/743212472490317/

*Editor’s note: This post also appears on Peder’s blog. Check it out here.

It looks to be a fun and informative night. The CEO of Arcimoto, a Eugene Oregon based company, as well as local San Diego companies in the electric vehicle space will be present.

Why the Arcimoto SRK?

There’s a huge chasm both in functionality and cost between the 50lbs electric bike and the 2600lbs BMW i3 which is one of the lightest four passenger cars on the market.

Different forms of electric mobility. Pick the one that's right for you.

Different forms of electric mobility. Pick the one that’s right for you.

Different forms of electric mobility. Pick the one that’s right for you.

We’re very interested in this vehicle class slotted between a 300lbs motorcycle and a 3000lbs car. At a weight of 1000lbs, the SRK is incredible efficient returning approximately 7 miles per kWh used, it’s extremely fun to drive, and does not require a helmet or motorcycle license in California.

Several years ago we had a Gem E4 and although severely limited by the top speed, (25mph) the range, (20 miles) and the need to replace the lead acid batteries every three years, we loved the car. Why? Because there was a resort like quality when you were tooling around in the Gem E4. Open air, panoramic windshield, no noise and simple fun. It’s the way driving along the California coast is the most enjoyable, open air and quiet, just soaking in all the sights.

We're looking to recapture that open air feeling of the Gem E4

We’re looking to recapture that open air feeling of the Gem E4

This is going to be hard for some to understand, as we love our BMW i3 and BMW i8 a great deal, but the Gem E4, even with all it’s shortcomings, had a certain magic and feeling about it, almost like you were on a vacation island in paradise, when you were driving it. We loved taking the Gem E4 to the beach, the lagoon, out for dinner, to a play, and to the local grocery store. Neither the i3, or the i8, nor any enclosed vehicle can give you that feeling. Crazy huh?

Enter the SRK.

The Arcimoto SRK provides that same sense of openness, quiet driving pleasure while eliminating the downsides of the Gem E4 as far as range and speed. The SRK is also in my view a great platform to develop for future car share programs and for the future of autonomous driving.

First, it has three wheels and is a very stable platform, this means that in the future world of autonomous driving, the SRK will be able to come to you autonomously, or return to a nearby transit hub by itself once you have finished driving the SRK. This is simply not going to be possible with most two wheeled bikes and motorcycles.

Toyota iRoad, the MIT PEV and others are also exploring similar vehicle architecture casting their vision forward in anticipation of shared vehicles and more efficient mobility.

MIT PEV

MIT PEV

Toyota iRoad

Toyota iRoad

Second, you can park three of the Arcimoto SRK’s in the space of one typical car. In our crowded cities parking is at a premium and vehicles like the SRK if widely adopted would mean that we begin to solve that problem with less real estate devoted to transportation parking.

Less space for parking lots, more space for people.

Less space for parking lots, more space for people.

Third, The freedom and fun of driving. There’s a reason Americans are in love with motorcycles and convertibles. With the Arcimoto SRK and its open airy design language (more open air motorcycle, less closed in car,) the Arcimoto has that freedom and fun in spades. It’s in this important category that the Arcimoto is superior in my view, to those who are trying to enclose and mimic a more car like form with a three wheel option.

What Arcimoto got spot on right, is keeping the openness and resort fun feel to the SRK while providing for a semi enclosed cabin that does not require a helmet or motorcycle license in Oregon or California. It offers more stability and safety than a motorcycle and if the weather’s not cooperating, take a few minutes and attach the optional doors.

Cruising a scenic corridor, in our case the California coastline, the mountains and the desert of the Anza Borrego is best done in an open air vehicle for two.

Depending on your needs, your lifestyle, your vision of the future & where you want to go, you might be surprised at how much value and functionality the Arcimoto SRK can deliver.

Can’t wait to drive the Arcimoto SRK this Thursday February 4th, Join us if you’re in the neighborhood and want to test drive the near future of electric mobility.

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11 responses to "You’re Invited To Drive The Three-Wheeled Arcimoto SRK EV This Thursday"

  1. pjwood1 says:

    if this weren’t negative branding, you’d see Toyota, etc., market them with gas engines. IMO, this does less than zero for EV adoption, but go nuts. Have fun.

  2. Mister G says:

    It’s a sporty 3 wheeled golf cart big deal this will not get people to trade in their gas guzzlers.

  3. Anon says:

    Pass…

  4. Sting777 says:

    It works in urban and rural settings, just not on highways.

    1. Peder says:

      Motorcycles work on on highways, why is it that this would not?

      Granted, one of the reason’s I don’t own a motorcycle is that I would never drive it on the highway, If I owned the SRK, I would rarely take the highway would prefer the alternate route.

  5. Borg101 says:

    I personally have driven both of them on the freeway at 70 mph and felt perfectly at ease.

    Low end torque is way fun, punching the throttle and and having it throw you back in the seat is a kick.
    Stability at speed is similar to my wife’s Miata, smooth but responsive. Taking sharp turns and slaloms are nice and stable.

    Watching the front suspension soak up bumps while the chassis stays stable is very cool.

    Try it once and you won’t be calling it a golf cart. I don’t think golf carts go 70 mph.

  6. BraveLilToaster says:

    Oh, so they couldn’t get enough funding to build real cars, eh?

    That’s basically all I need to know about these people. Expect sales to top out at around 100 per year.

  7. Borg101 says:

    It’s not meant to be a car. It’s minimalist transportation.

    Yeah, some people need an SUV, others only need a small economic vehicle. Pick the right tool for the job.
    You don’t rent a canoe to move a piano, why drive a giant “gas gusseler” to pick up a six pack?

  8. Rick Danger says:

    For $11,900, you don’t get much.. even the doors are optional.

  9. Peder says:

    Why I test drove the BMW MINI-E in 2009, it was to peer into the future a bit and find out if electric drive coupled with solar energy would work. Remember at that time there were no EV’s being made and the attempts 10 years prior with the EV1 and the Rav4EV had ended with a thud.

    There was no guarantee that the electric vehicle was going to work this time and not end with a thud like the prior decade. Only Tesla with the first few hundred of the Roadsters and BMW with the Mini-E were on the road.

    I think today we can agree that the EV is here to stay and will be capturing more and more market share in the years to come.

    Why I’m test driving the Arcimoto SRK is to peer into the future a bit and find out if car sharing, autonomous vehicle technology (3 wheel platform) and a freeway abled class of vehicles in the 1000 range is viable.

    Are our cities ready for it?

    The uses I can see for this vehicle are many including resort/recreation, car share, personal transportation for urban and suburban commuters, second car, entry price point for long range freeway abled vehicle young drivers, Motorcycle enthusiast, urban and suburban delivery, and more.

    I think there is a fairly strong market for this type of vehicle. Should be an interesting next few years.

  10. Ken says:

    Peder, no disrespect meant as i am also a fellow Mini E pioneer and enjoy reading your posts but please be careful claiming yourself and Julie as early EV pioneers. Most of the members of our club, the Eastern Electric Vehicle Club have been members and driving electric vehicles since the club started in 1980. Im one of the newest members of the club joining after i converted my Geo Metro Convertible to electric in 2007.
    I’d consider us both pretty new to the EV game. Although ive built the EV Geo, and bought 3 Leafs, an iMiev, and a Zero S motorcycle id still consider myself a relative newcomer to the game. Let’s not forget about people like Otmar, John Wayland, Bob Rice, Ken Koch, Jim Husted, Bob Batson, Rich Rudland, John Metric, Shawn Lawless, and even Chelsea Sexton and Chris Paine. Ive been fortunate enough to meet a few of these people and they were driving and building EVs way before we even thought about it. Im proud to be a part of the newest wave of EV enthusiasts. Keep up the good work and thanks for the update on the arcimoto. Ive ridden the Harley Livewire, the Brammo Empulse, and the Zero S. Considering they are the same price point roughly, have you and Julie ever considered an electric motorcycle? Ill never go back to a gas motorcycle after owning a Zero.