Stand on any busy street corner and watch the cars go by. What you typically see is a single person driving upwards of 5,000 lbs. of steel. Ask those folks where they’re going and it’s usually a 5-mile trip to the store, or their 10-mile morning commute. Tack on fuel and maintenance costs for that vehicle, and the expense in wasted resources and energy adds up quick for an individual, let alone the multiplicative effect across the whole of society.
Why haul around thousands of pounds of steel and many cubic feet of unneeded space for daily commutes, a trip to the grocery store, or on a trip to the movies? Rightsize your footprint.
Since 2008, Arcimoto has designed and built 6 generations of vehicle prototypes as part of an iterative vehicle development program aimed at finding a more sustainable, more affordable and radically more enjoyable way of getting around on daily trips.
Generation 1: The Vision
Arcimoto's first prototype, an open air model with a configurable rear section. Prototype 1 is fun to drive and incredibly efficient with space and materials. A lack of any protection from the elements and other objects limited the appeal and utility of this concept.
Generation 2: The FootprintThis prototype generation established Arcimoto's target footprint on the road. Single occupant, balanced between the three wheels, stable, zippy and fun to drive yet still a significant improvement in environmental efficiency compared to the standard automotive form. This second prototype also features a primitive enclosure frame and partial protection from the elements.
Generation 3: The Pulse
With the footprint established, the development team began to define the essential characteristics of the first product. Two seats in tandem, a variety of enclosure options, established environmentally efficient footprint. At the same time, the team began building the Pulse, Arcimoto's 3rd generation of product development. Built on the third generation Arcimoto platform and constructed with custom bodywork and parts from a recycled Yaris, the Pulse was to highlight, using very familiar materials and methods, the unique Arcimoto footprint and company story. Arcimoto launched the Pulse September 23rd, 2009.
Generation 4: The Platform
For the vast majority of drivers out there - statistically something like 76% of them, the Pulse concept actually fit with how they use cars now. Driving alone to the grocery store for a gallon of milk. Commuting to school, work or the gym. Going golfing on the weekend. After the launch of the Pulse, Arcimoto began the engineering process to turn the concept into an actual market-ready product. Prototype generation 4, code-named "Darkwing" established and validated a unique new electric vehicle platform. Prototype #4 sports a front wheel drive system, comfortable ergonomics for two passengers and a very low center of gravity.
Generation 5: The First SRK
The team then took all the ideas from the first 4 generations and brought them together in a single product prototype called the SRK, launched in spring 2011. Generation 5 was the first blueprint for the vehicle topology Arcimoto will bring to market, but still far from a production ready vehicle.
Generation 6: The Mule and the Pilot
After the launch of the first SRK, the development team began the process of optimizing every aspect of the vehicle architecture: - An improved, lower cost drive train. - Significant reductions in vehicle mass and positional improvement of the vehicle's center of gravity - The first Arcimoto lithium chemistry power pack design - A sleek, strong frame design The team built the first Generation 6 prototype mule to validate the enhancements in the design, and is now on the verge of constructing the Generation 6 pilot fleet. Stand by.