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Big week here at Arcimoto HQ as we just reported our second quarter financials. Where to begin? How about here, with Mark’s quarterly update. Watch our intrepid founder zip through the streets of Eugene, sharing all the latest company highlights, from the completion of our Signature Series to a tour of the Arcimoto Manufacturing Plant featuring laser-cutting robots, to the rollout of our first Beta vehicles. Did we mention the laser-cutting robots?
For even more Q2 action, you can check out the complete recording of the earnings call here.
In the coming weeks, we plan to open our first Arcimoto rental location, here in Eugene, Oregon. Our goal is to create a complete customer experience center, where you can kick the tires, take a test drive, and rent an FUV for an hour, or a day. We believe the rental model is going to be a huge part of what we do, as it allows more people to experience the FUV as quickly as possible and as inexpensively as possible – first in Eugene, then in tourist destinations around the world.
Speaking of destinations, in July we visited our friends at HulaCar in San Diego, who plan to open a second rental location in the coming months. Hula is creating nothing less than an EV Oasis, an electric hub where you will be able to plug in your vehicle (and rent it out!), grab a cup of fair trade coffee, and relax while pondering a not-too-distant future of autonomous electric FUVs chauffeuring the good people of San Diego to Comic-Con, the beach, and back to Comic-Con. We’ll have more updates on Hula soon, but the most important takeaway here is we definitely brought the FUVs to Comic-Con, because Comic-Con. And yes, we did challenge Batman to a drag race in the Batmobile, but he just mumbled something about “display only,” and trudged away. We’ll chalk that up as a forfeit, Bruce.
We’re in the process of building Hula’s vehicles at this very moment. Before the end of 2018, our goal is to complete the Beta Series, complete production on the ensuing Pilot Series, and then roll into full Retail Series production. If you pre-order an FUV today, we aim to have it in your driveway late next year.
If you want your FUV even faster, come help us build them! We are rapidly growing our team here at the AMP, with new hires joining us from across the country to help power the EV revolution. We’re now up to 76 teammates and counting. If you have a very particular set of skills, skills you have acquired over a very long career, skills that perhaps rhyme with “schmengineering,” check out our jobs page. We would love to have you.
Here’s a fun fact: 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of National Lampoon’s Animal House, filmed right here in Eugene. If you’re in the neighborhood this Saturday, come on down to Cottage Grove where Arcimoto will be driving FUVs in the Animal House anniversary parade before we attempt to set the Guiness World Record for world’s largest toga party! If you don’t show up, you’re officially on double-secret probation. Full event details here!
And there you have it. Another quarter in the books, with a very exciting ramp up to Retail Series production by the end of the year. On behalf of Team Arcimoto, this is Jon Miller, your friendly neighborhood communications specialist. We’ll see you on the road, and don’t forget to recycle.
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