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MUCH as the battery range of electric cars is improving, most of them are still unable to make long road trips on one charge.
Given that this more or less limits them to around-town use, some people might wonder … is a full-on electric car really necessary for that sort of driving?
The designers at Eugene, Oregon-based Arcimoto apparently don’t think so. That’s why they’re about to officially unveil the eighth version of their SRK electric motorcycle/car hybrid.
Arcimoto has been working on various versions of the SRK for the past eight years. Although the vehicle may at first appear to be a straight-up threewheeled car, a closer look reveals two inline seats and a motorcycle-style handlebar with throttle and brake levers.
The 464 kg Generation 8 SRK was trotted out before the public for the first time last week. It reportedly gets an estimated 1 l/100 km, can go from 0 to 100 km/h in under 10 seconds, and has a top speed of 137 km/h.
Power is delivered to the front wheels by two front-located motors.
The base model’s 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack will take “two humans and their gear” up to 113 km on one charge, while an optional 20 kWh pack boosts that figure to 209 km.
Passengers are protected by a full roll cage, seat harnesses, and front and rear crumple zones. Buyers who don’t want to be rained on can also opt for side panels with a built-in vertically-rising Eagle Wing Door. If they’re more interested in using the SRK for deliveries, they can order the Deliverator, which swaps out the second seat for a fully-enclosed storage kit.
Arcimoto state their Deliverator is ideal for small-footprint delivery. Because the SRK is officially classed as a motorcycle, it doesn’t have to the meet the demanding safety standards required of a car.
As advertising folk would say, “Those savings are passed on to you” — the planned base price for the Generation 8 is $11 900 (R171 000).
Arcimoto hopes to release it within the next year or two, and is already taking $100 deposits from prospective buyers.
The eighth version of the Arcimotor trike can be specced with an enclosed cargo area to replace the back seat.