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If the first quarter is any indication, 2019 is quickly shaping up to be the most exciting and action-packed year in Arcimoto history. Let’s get right to the highlights.
- In February, we unveiled our flagship FUV, the Evergreen Edition, which will be launching on the West Coast to our earliest pre-order customers this summer.
- We introduced the second vehicle built on the Arcimoto platform, the Rapid Responder. Custom built for emergency services and law enforcement, the Rapid Responder can get to the scene faster than traditional diesel-powered EMS vehicles, at a fraction of the cost. Later this year, we will begin testing our first Rapid Responders in pilot programs with Eugene Springfield Fire in Oregon, and the City of Eastvale in California. We expect to begin delivery of the Rapid Responder in 2020.
- We also announced the Deliverator, a single-seat vehicle built for local and last mile delivery. If you’ve ever been stuck behind a giant delivery truck that’s blocking traffic during rush hour, you’ll understand. The Deliverator can be custom built for everything from pizza to parcels. We are particularly fond of Woody, the old-meets-new stake-bed concept version. The Deliverator is the third vehicle built on the Arcimoto Platform, and will begin deliverating in 2020.
- In Q1, we more than tripled our net preorder gain from Q4 2018, advancing from 3,217 to 3,883 Arcimoto preorders.
- And just this week, we completed our pilot assembly line at the AMP. For the next few weeks, we’ll hone and refine our manufacturing processes at each of the stations on the new line. For a new factory making a completely new vehicle, this is an incredible milestone and we couldn’t be prouder. For an inside look at Mark cutting the ribbon on the new line, check out this video.
What’s next, you may be wondering? In no particular order, we’ll begin delivery of the Evergreen on the West Cost. We’ll be opening new rental locations in destination cities worldwide, beginning with the FUV HUB San Diego with our partners at Hula Holdings. And, of course, we’ll continue taking reservations for our remaining allocation of 2019 Evergreens.
If you happen to be in the San Diego area on Sunday, April 14, come on by the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. Alongside 130 exotic and one-of-a-kind automobiles, we’ll be displaying two of our favorite FUVs, the beloved Orange and Blue. Stop on by, grab a seat in the cockpit, and snap a picture. FUVs aren’t classic cars, but they are instant classics. Also, we were told there would be chocolate.
As always, Arcommunity, thank you for your support. It’s never been more important to drive electric. Until next time, think big, drive small, enjoy the ride!
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