Safety & Regulation
Purchasing the FUV
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We also give test drives from 2 to 4 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at our Arcimoto campus in Eugene, Oregon. To schedule a test drive at Arcimoto, please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the FUV is a motorcycle-class vehicle, it feels very different to drive than a motorcycle. The FUV is stable and balanced – the driver does not need to countersteer like with a motorcycle. The vehicle is highly responsive, and a common response from drivers and passengers alike is that the instant torque is really fun and thrilling. The controls are very simple and intuitive. Additionally, because of the extremely quiet ride and streamlined design, it’s easy for driver and passenger to carry on a conversation.
This design change was a eureka moment for Arcimoto founder Mark Frohnmayer that created a chain reaction of upgrades to the design. The transition from a steering wheel to handlebars significantly reduced the weight (by 700 lbs.) and product complexity, while improving battery performance, ease of entering and exiting the vehicle, and ride quality, ultimately giving it a sportier feel. Swapping the steering wheel for handlebars also shortened the length of the vehicle, which not only makes the FUV easier to park in tight spaces, but also creates more seating room.
The FUV Evergreen’s top speed is 75 mph, with a range of 100 miles under average conditions. Driving at a high speed for an extended period will affect the range. We will provide more information on range under varied driving conditions once we have more real-world testing data from the Evergreen Edition vehicles.
The FUV has three methods of braking: a hydraulic brake pedal, a regen hand lever, and an electronic parking brake.
The hydraulic brake pedal is locate on the driver’s right side, and is used just like a traditional foot brake found in cars – to slow the vehicle or hold a complete stop.
The regen lever is attached to the right handlebar, and functions much like a motorcycle hand brake, to control speed and come to a gradual stop. It also has the benefit of charging the battery by recovering the kinetic energy of the vehicle. However, the regen lever will not operate when the motor is not turning, so it won’t hold the vehicle in place at a complete stop.
The foot-brake pedal and the regen lever can be used together while driving the FUV to more rapidly slow down the vehicle.
The parking brake is used when the driver ends their drive and parks the vehicle. It will hold the vehicle in the stopped position and on an incline.
The FUV enclosures are add-on features and can be easily attached or detached to the vehicle. There will be two enclosure styles: soft-shell and hard-shell. We look forward to sharing a vehicle configurator to customize your vehicle in the near future. In the meantime, please review our target specifications.
The FUV includes a series of safety features. The upper frame is designed to protect in the rare event of a rollover and the front face features impact energy absorption zones. FUV seating includes a standard 3-point safety belt paired with a second 2-point belt over the opposing shoulder.
Additionally, the combination of an agile drive experience, a stable form on the road and heightened visibility (i.e. the FUV is easier to spot than a motorcycle for other drivers on the road) is paramount to avoiding collisions in the first place.
The team has many years of experience in automotive safety and crash simulation and analysis, and has guided the design of the vehicle at every step of the way. Over the course of development, we’ve redesigned the front and side impact structure, and we are working on nonlinear analysis on a variety of safety scenarios before subjecting our vehicles to controlled real-world testing.
Motorcycle helmets and a motorcycle license or endorsement may be required in your area for legal operation of the FUV. Follow the laws of your state.
Individual state helmet regulations for two-wheeled motorcycles can be found here.
No. We recommend that only children who are large enough and old enough to no longer require either booster seats or car seats ride in the FUV. Here are the recommended guidelines*:
The child sits all the way back against the FUV seat back.
The child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat, and their feet reach the floorboards.
The lap belt naturally rests below the child’s belly, touching the top of their thighs.
Both shoulder belts are centered across the child’s shoulders and chest.
The child is able to stay seated like this for the entire planned trip.