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The last six weeks have been a blur of activity at Arcimoto as we push towards retail market launch of the Fun Utility Vehicle. Founder and President Mark Frohnmayer gave a detailed update on the milestones remaining during Arcimoto’s Q1 2019 earnings webcast, which you can view here:
- We outlined our two high level sequential goals: deliver our first retail vehicles, and then drive down cost as we increase scale of production.
- We must pass four remaining key tests in order to certify the retail Fun Utility Vehicle for market readiness. Test vehicles and fixtures for all four tests have been built and are en route to test labs around the county. All four tests are scheduled in the next three weeks.
- We reiterated our guidance from the beginning of the quarter that we plan to start delivering Evergreen Edition FUVs to customers in June.
This past weekend at the AMP here in Eugene, we held our annual shareholder meeting, followed by a Spring Open House, complete with factory tours, FUV test drives, the best dang Vietnamese food in town from our friends at the legendary Da Nang food truck, and finally, a first look at the FUV Evergreen Edition. A big thank you to all our friends, family, and investors who continue to support our mission to catalyze the shift to a sustainable transportation system. We wouldn’t be here without such a devoted and passionate community.
Speaking of the Evergreen, in the coming weeks, we plan to reach out to each of our Evergreen reservation holders to review paperwork, plan delivery, and prepare for each vehicle’s production and sale. We’ll also discuss options for financing and insurance.
As we begin production, we’ll ramp up our awareness-building efforts, starting with the Wall Street Journal Future of Everything Festival on May 20-22 in New York City. We’ll be showing off the Rapid Responder prototype, plus a virtual-reality FUV ride though the Oregon countryside.
We believe that vehicles built on the Arcimoto platform are more than just insanely fun to drive — they can save lives, deliver the goods, and pave the way forward to a future where vehicles are the right size for the job. We believe the tens of thousands of domestic fire stations, corporate and college campuses, stadiums and security organizations looking for ways to reduce emissions and operating costs will find that the Rapid Responder can fill immediate and important needs.
If you or someone you want to deeply impress with a next-generation transportation experience have yet to drive an FUV, we’ll have a comprehensive list of the “Summer of FUV” events coming later this summer.
Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support. This is an incredibly exciting time at Arcimoto as we push through the final milestones before retail series FUV production, a journey more than eleven years in the making. There’s never been a more important time to drive electric, and there’s never been a more opportune moment to rightsize the basic footprint of everyday mobility. We look forward to seeing you on the road very soon!
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