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Arcimoto Unveils “Red 5” SRK EV Prototype with Help of Actors Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On May 12, 2011 @ 8:25 am In automotive,Green Transportation,Innovation,News | 1 Comment

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It’s not every electric automaker who gets called up by sci-fi cult fan favorite and primetime TV star Nathan Fillion [2] and his Castle co-star Jon Huertas [3] and asked for a test drive. But that is apparently what happens when your EV [4] prototype evolves from something akin to a mobility scooter for seniors to a flexible three-wheeled car with racing-inspired suspension [5]. EV maker Arcimoto had been testing the market with its early prototypes down the West Coast and was encouraged by the celebrity interest in the predecessor to its new prototype [6] SRK, which it revealed in late April. The car aims to fill the gap for small commuter and errand vehicles that would meet the needs of an estimated 76% of drivers on the road today–those driving alone or with just one or two passengers on quick trips.

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The Arcimoto SRK had humble beginnings, as you can see in the photo of the early yellow prototype below, but the vehicle [8] has evolved to become a commuting car, an ultra-efficient delivery vehicle, and a roadgoing buggy in one, all by switching out skins that snap onto the vehicle. The SRK is currently capable of speeds up to 65 miles per hour and a 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds, but we expect that to improve by the time this little guy goes to production. Mr. Huertas described the maneuverability of the SRK as “like driving a shark!”

Mr. Fillion thanked Arcimoto for the new vehicle at its reveal with these comments: “Thank you for making a cleaner vehicle [9] for which the energy infrastructure already exists. Thank you for seeing a need facing a mere 90% of the population, and filling it. Thank you for giving me a way to stick it to big oil and big auto companies. ¬†Because… I am a vengeful man. ¬†And they’ve been sticking it to me for a long time. No matter how old I get, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the fact that it looks a little like a spaceship. I’m kind of into spaceships, so thanks for that.”

+ Arcimoto [10]

Via Earth Techling [11]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/arcimoto-unveils-red-5-srk-ev-prototype-with-help-of-actors-nathan-fillion-jon-huertas/rsz_arcimoto-red5-srk/

[2] Nathan Fillion: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0277213/

[3] Jon Huertas: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005030/

[4] EV: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+vehicle

[5] racing-inspired suspension: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=racing+suspension

[6] prototype: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=EV+prototype

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/arcimoto-unveils-red-5-srk-ev-prototype-with-help-of-actors-nathan-fillion-jon-huertas/rsz_fillion-huertas-arcimoto-test-drive/

[8] vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=vehicle

[9] cleaner vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=green+transportation

[10] + Arcimoto: http://www.arcimoto.com/

[11] Earth Techling: http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/05/arcimoto-electric-vehicle-details-released/

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