Hello and Happy New Year's Day, President's Day, Valentine's Day, Arbor Day, Tax Day, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day! Yes, that's how long we've had our heads down developing the next design iteration of the Pulse. We're happy to report that we've now entered the build phase for the Generation 4 prototype. This latest prototype will incorporate major improvements to the drivetrain and electrical systems, resulting in better traction and handling and opening up options for improved mechanical systems throughout the vehicle. Expect to hear more detailed news as these systems and features are tested and finalized.
One item of note is that we have responded to the abundance of customer feedback we have received at our public events regarding the ergonomics of our passenger seating. Thanks to some innovative work by our design and fabrication team, we are pleased to announce that this next prototype will comfortably seat two passengers of above average height.
As a happy coincidence, we were visited during this phase of the interior design by former Portland Trailblazer and current Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley, who measures in at no less than 6 feet 11 inches tall. Not only did he find our new design very comfortable, he managed to squeeze himself into the Pulse and conducted part of a press interview from the driver's seat. Thanks for the ergonomics test, Chris!
Mr. Dudley joins the ranks of our stalwart local government supporters. Most recently, we were pleased to host Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, Senators Chris Edwards and Floyd Prozanski, and Representatives Val Hoyle, Paul Holvey, and Phil Barnhart for an Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) fundraiser. We also recently showed off the Pulse to Congressman Peter DeFazio. DeFazio is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, serving as Chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and as a long-time proponent of sustainable transportation, he was excited to share in our vision for a solution.
In related government news, Arcimoto partnered with Barefoot Motors to lobby successfully to include electric vehicle and EV component manufacture in the Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC). Additionally, as part of the Oregon Roundtable for Electric Vehicle Industry (OREV), Arcimoto helped draft the Drive Oregon proposal to the Oregon Innovation Council. This effort aims to establish Oregon as a world leader in the design, manufacture, and integration of ultra-efficient vehicles and related infrastructure and technologies. Arcimoto was also recently selected as a regional semifinalist in this year's Cleantech Open business competition. We will be presenting to a selected panel of investors for the chance at funding opportunities at both the regional finalist level as well as the national grand prize level.
Concurrent with ongoing development and lobbying efforts, our management team has been working to secure the funding necessary to enter into production. In addition to obtaining government support through the BETC program and other opportunities, we have begun reaching out to select private clean technology investors. If you're an accredited investor out there whose portfolio strategy includes doing well by saving the planet, now is a good time to get in touch with Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There have been several additions to the Arcimoto team over the last six months, and we will be introducing those people in more detail in the weeks to come, but with Father's Day just behind us, it seems appropriate that we welcome our newest member to the team, 11-day old Adelyn Jacoby! Mechanical Engineer Ames Jacoby and his wife had a healthy baby girl just over a week ago and we hope you will join us in wishing the whole family heartfelt congratulations. Ames himself is relatively new to the team, and brings to the table a wealth of experience in chassis and drivetrain design. He has been instrumental in streamlining the modeling process and increasing work flow efficiency as we build to our next prototype.
That's all for now! You can expect to hear updates with more frequency as we approach production. We love hearing from you, so please continue to contact us through email, our forums, comments on these blog posts, Facebook and Twitter. Speaking of Facebook, if you haven't seen the photos posted on our Facebook page of the Pulse all lit up for the Starlight Parade in Portland this month, go check them out or go watch the video. Thanks to our fans for posting those photos on our Facebook page, and many thanks to all of our supporters. As always, our goal is to develop fun, ultra efficient, highly functional sustainable vehicles. Please join us for the ride.