Arcimoto FUV Electric Trike: What’s This 80 MPH Fun Utility Vehicle All About?

It’s not a trike, it’s an FUV – a “Fun Utility Vehicle”

The Arcimoto FUV is a three-wheel all-electric vehicle that can hold two people and drive up to 130 miles on a single charge. “FUV” stands for Fun Utility Vehicle. While it isn’t that utilitarian, it is fun to drive. Powered by a pair of 25-kW motors that make a combined 67 horsepower, the Arcimoto FUV can go up to 70 miles on the standard 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. If that’s not enough, it can go up to 130 miles on the larger 20kWh battery pack.


According to Arcimoto, the FUV can go from 0 to 60 in 7.5-seconds and hit a top speed of 80 mph. Weighing in at 1,100-lbs (before accessories) the trike’s ability to house add-ons is impressive. Items like soft and hard-sided doors, a locking rear trunk and a delivery pod (which can be heated or cooled) are available.

What about safety?

The Arcimoto FUV comes with dual seatbelts for each of the two seats. One is a classic shoulder and lap belt combo and the other seatbelt is just a shoulder belt. Combined, they create an ‘X’ over both shoulders mimicking racing seatbelts, to a degree.

Since it’s classified as a motorcycle, you may need a helmet and a motorcycle license depending on the state in which you live, like Colorado. It is a mostly enclosed cockpit with a glass roof sitting atop beefy support bars. There’s a proper windshield with a large, single windshield wiper.


Some of the controls are counterintuitive (the whole braking system is more motorcycle than car), but this is a preproduction example which should have updates before deliveries commence. I will say, it’s not for everyone and I highly recommend you sample one before buying.

Pricing

hile prices start at $11,900, an Arcimoto spokesperson said they expect to sell a majority with upgrades which will average around $15,000. By the way, Arcimoto, Inc. (FUV) is publicly-traded. Kind of surprising I know, but, at least it’s a real company with a real product – unlike others. Full-scale production will begin soon.

Speaking of trikes…

Nathan Adlen
Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.