Arcimoto Signature Series Are The ‘Sweetest’

Arcimoto SRK


Few electric vehicles have had as long a gestation period as the Arcimoto SRK. Then again, few vehicles are as different in their design and audience, so maybe we should have expected this all along. Whatever the case, the little company that could from Oregon has sent out a short update on what’s been going on this past summer.

The highlight note is that the the first two Signature Series Arcimoto customers are currently, “picking out final color options for the bodies,” and that the “first chassis is assembled and powder-coated, the first battery module is assembled, and shell pieces are out for plugs and tooling.”   Based on the look, the new vehicles are being called “the sweetest Arcimotos we’ve ever built.” The company also says that it expects the first one to be moving under its own power before the end of the summer. Hey, that’s pretty soon.

Arcimoto has also been granted a “Notice of Allowance” by the U.S. Patent Office for its patent application for the “key innovations in the Generation 8 SRK architecture.”

After ten years of development, the company says that this patent is the culmination of its work to “crack the electric daily driver code.” If that code includes wanting to cruise around on three wheels in an ATV-style motorcycle-class vehicle, then yes, Arcimoto is on to something. As a brief refresher, the Arcimoto trike starts at $11,900 and comes with either a 12-kWh battery for 70 miles or a 20-kWh pack for 130 miles of range.

Finally, in an update to Arcimoto’s IPO filing from earlier this year, the company says it is “thrilled” at the response the campaign has gotten so far, and that, “we’ve hit the minimum in commitments on the round, and based on the early reports from our broker/dealers, we anticipate we will qualify for a Nasdaq listing immediately following the close of the round.” Expect more news on that soon.

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What is the status of the $7500 EV tax credit?

Last I heard they were lobbying congress.

Monkees will fly out of my butt sooner than Congress gives EV credits to Arcimoto. I love Arcimoto’s idea though. Of course I loved the other trike too. The poor Elio. I even gave them $100. Before the EV purists hate all over the Elio, it was a great idea that almost was.

I was really hoping Elio would succeed. Yeah, it’s not an EV, but it is an extremely fuel-efficient microcar. It would certainly burn less gasoline per mile on average than one of those small-ranged PHEVs!

However, the company was frankly stupid for trying to sell the car in the USA. They would have done far better to start in, let’s say, India. Or even Europe. Three-wheeled microcars will never, ever be more than a very tiny niche market here in the U.S. of A.

Boy that’s not true.
What you have here is an alternative to entire market for sporty street motorcycles – from Harley’s down to freeway legal scooters. Nothing, nothing will escape this configuration, given either a conventional motor, full electric with decent range (and options), or a built hybrid.
Motorcycle manufacturers and for that matter the entire utility quad sector manufacturers, have either missed the boat, or are coming into the market after something like this takes half their business. Imagine this guy configured with all wheel drive, pulling a ute trailer, for example.

Forgot to mention that Elio’s design is strictly 1980’s viable – and it’s a fools goal to try to start a company with no margin. Who does that? (“Gonna make it up in volume.”)

At least the thing seems to be semi-affordable, albeit after rebate you can get some full sized car EVs for about the same price.

Unfortunately it looks about as safe as a motor cycle–basically a death trap if anything else hits you.

I can’t imagine spending $12,000+ and getting a vehicle that doesn’t even have an enclosed cabin to protect you from the weather. It looks like a trike that tried to be a car… and failed.

But, diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks. No doubt at least a few people will buy them.

You just described every motorcycle ever built.

Hmmm, no, I’m pretty sure I could go out today and find any number of motorcycles to buy that cost far less than $12,000. And not a one of ’em will be a trike which looks like it tried to be a car.

The reason for the $12000 price tag is that these will probably be hand built one by one. They may not even make a profit at that price point. I wish them the best. The more EV choices the better.