For bak­ers and scented can­dle­stick makers

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - BEN COX­WORTH

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.

— Giz­mag.

PHOTO: ARCI­MOTO

The eighth version of the Arci­mo­tor trike can be specced with an en­closed cargo area to re­place the back seat.

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