Arcimoto plans to achieve its mission by replacing the global urban and suburban use of 4,000 lb. internal combustion engine vehicles for regular daily trips with the Arcimoto SRK, a pure electric solution that is a quarter of the weight, a third the purchase cost, and ten times as efficient as the U.S. average passenger car.The Arcimoto SRK delivers an estimated 230 MPGe ultra-efficient operation â€” all at an affordable target base model price of $11,900. Arcimoto has taken the SRK from a napkin sketch, through eight generations of product development, to a refined design on the cusp of series production and market availability.””
See Maker of 3-wheeler EV Arcimoto looks to raise $10M in initial public offering
“Powering the SOLO is a 16.1 kWh lithium ion battery. The chassis is made of a composite aerospace lightweight material combined with an aluminum drivetrain which both contribute to an overall vehicle weight of approximately 1,000 lbs. The IT in the SOLO is state-of-the-art, it can be charged with both 220V and 110V, has ten cubic feet of carpeted cargo space, goes from 0-60 mph in under eight seconds, and cruises along at 80 mph.”
See Charged Up: Electric Cars Are Morphing Into Many SpeciesThis makes things interesting. Now there are three contenders in the North American small commuter space, including the ICEd Elio. I won’t dwell on that last one because it’s damned to using petroleum for energy. That’s so 20th century. This millenium, people want to drive smarter electrically.
The upstart isn’t really an upstart. Arcimoto has been around for years but just now got around to raising serious money and putting a design into production. It’s “efficiency” is debatable too. With all that air-drag hanging out there, I doubt 220MPGe is possible at highway speeds. Meanwhile Electra Meccanica Solo is streamlined up to the nth degree and is actually in limited production. EMV has spent millions getting to this stage and they used the Corbin Sparrow as a starting point. If you don’t want wind in your hair, I think Solo has a huge advantage as well as more luggage space. The Arc does carry one passenger more or less in comfort but it still looks and feels like a motorcycle. I’d bet Solo would be way more comfortable when the bugs are flying or in winter. Arc has front wheel drive so in slippery conditions it will fishtail or spin. Solo at least has neutral torque under slippage.
So, my money is on Solo. It would be a major shift in lifestyle to switch to Arc and except for a passenger, it’s a lot less flexible. I still question the efficiency. You can’t get more range per kWh by dragging more air around. Solo’s slightly higher price is worth it. I’ll drive it more in greater comfort and at lower cost in the long run. I believe Solo will cost less in energy so eventually the price difference will be overcome. Further, Arc can be bought with side-panels for $3K more, so the price difference between comparable models is only $1K and still I question the difference in drag.