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Arcimoto is an electric vehicle company from Eugene, Oregon[1] developing the Pulse/SRK, a tandem two-seat, three-wheeled electric vehicle.

The company's founder, Mark Frohnmayer, is the son of politician and former Dean and President of the University of Oregon, David B. Frohnmayer. He was a founder of GarageGames.


The company's first vehicle is a tandem two-seat car with an estimated range of 40 miles (64 km), 80 miles (130 km), or 160 miles (260 km), depending on battery pack purchased, and a theoretical fuel economy of 190 MPGe at neighborhood driving speeds.[2] The Pulse is freeway capable, with a maximum speed of 65 mph (105 km/h). The company announced the Pulse and revealed their third prototype in September 2009. As of September 2010, the company was finishing their fourth prototype, which added front-wheel drive and regenerative braking.[3] Arcimoto revealed their fifth prototype, renamed the SRK, on April 23, 2011. According to Frohnmayer an actor from Castle (Nathan Fillion) drove their vehicle and came out saying it was like driving a shark, which is where the name SRK came from.[4] This model added extra power (89 hp) and four body designs on a common chassis.[5] According to Frohnmayer generation 6 will be the pilot with 14 vehicles produced, 10 of which already have committed purchasers.[4] Generation 7 is expected to be the mass production model in late 2012.[4] The Gen6 SRK was revealed in April 2012, at which time the pilot run had been increased to 40 units, sold for $41,000 each.

The SRK is expected to begin selling in 2012 for a base configuration "under $20,000" and to charge in "about 6 to 8 hours to charge from a standard 110 volt outlet if the batteries are completely depleted."[6] The company is taking pre-orders from residents of the United States and its territories.


  1. ^ Feature: Arcimoto Pulse EV Launch" from""". The Truth About Cars. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  2. ^ Blanco, Sebastian (2009-09-28). """AutoBlogGreen, "Arcimoto Pulse, the latest tiny 3-wheeled electric vehicle, unveiled. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  3. ^ "Information about the fourth prototype". Arcimoto. Archived from the original on 27 September 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Said by Frohnmayer during an in class presentation on 7 February at Oregon State University.
  5. ^ "SRK | Arcimoto". Arcimoto. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions about the Arcimoto Pulse". Retrieved 2010-11-27. 

External links

  • Arcimoto's website
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