Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Arcimoto: A three-wheeled Oregon Electric

Arcimoto Pulse - Subcompact Culture
Arcimoto, a company based in Eugene, Oregon and founded in 2007, is taking pre-orders for its Pulse three-wheeled electric vehicle, which looks like 1/3 of a Toyota Yaris sedan, by the way.

Arcimoto says the Pulse will go 55 mph, have a range of 50-100 miles, and will fully charge in six hours.

The Pulse will have many standard features including power windows and locks, keyless start, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA/USB stereo, ventilation with optional A/C, keyless entry, LED lighting, 12V electrical system, and cup holders. The vehicle will have safety equipment including three-point safety belts, crumple zones, and a roll cage.

The Pulse will use traditional lead-acid batteries, which helps to keep cost down. The Pulse should sell for under $20,000. Certain states, such as Oregon, have tax incentives for alternatively powered vehicles, too.

You can place a pre-order for a Pulse by visiting their Web site; the deposit is $500.


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