Urban Transport

Arcimoto aims to deliver the goods with latest electric trike

The Deliverator is a single seater model, with the passenger area of the FUV and Rapid Responder being given over to cargo space
The Deliverator is a single seater model, with the passenger area of the FUV and Rapid Responder being given over to cargo space
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Concept sketch of the Deliverator, with doors but minus the Cargo Cube
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Concept sketch of the Deliverator, with doors but minus the Cargo Cube
The Deliverator is a single seater model, with the passenger area of the FUV and Rapid Responder being given over to cargo space
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The Deliverator is a single seater model, with the passenger area of the FUV and Rapid Responder being given over to cargo space
Concept sketch of the Deliverator, with the Cargo Cube replaced by an open bed
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Concept sketch of the Deliverator, with the Cargo Cube replaced by an open bed
Aricmoto says that businesses can expect 100 city miles of range per charge and a top speed of 75 mph from the Deliverator
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Aricmoto says that businesses can expect 100 city miles of range per charge and a top speed of 75 mph from the Deliverator
The Deliverator has a carrying capacity of 350 lb per trip
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The Deliverator has a carrying capacity of 350 lb per trip
The Deliverator's Cargo Cube offers up to 20 cubic feet of space and can be configured to suit a company's needs
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The Deliverator's Cargo Cube offers up to 20 cubic feet of space and can be configured to suit a company's needs
Arcimoto's Deliverator is being developed for local and last mile deliveries
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Arcimoto's Deliverator is being developed for local and last mile deliveries

Following the release of a limited edition Pilot Series electric three-wheeler in 2018, and the launch of the flagship Evergreen Fun Utility Vehicle last month, Arcimoto began testing a special edition Rapid Responder in Oregon and California. Now the company is developing a new variant aimed at small businesses – the Deliverator.

Currently being worked on at the firm's Eugene, Oregon, manufacturing plant, this new electric reverse trike is being built on the same platform as the Fun Utility Vehicle and the Rapid Responder, so businesses can expect around 100 city miles (160 km) per charge and a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h).

But the Deliverator is a single seater model, with the passenger area being given over to cargo space. The vehicle is reported to have a carrying capacity of 350 lb (158 kg) per trip, with the Cargo Cube offering up to 20 cubic feet of cargo space and can be configured to suit a company's needs – "including, parcels, pizza, perishable groceries, pharmaceuticals, dry cleaning, and more pizza."

The Deliverator has a carrying capacity of 350 lb per trip
The Deliverator has a carrying capacity of 350 lb per trip

"With the Deliverator, we set out to create a vehicle that would solve the problem of local and last-mile delivery, which has traditionally been dominated by big, expensive, polluting delivery trucks and vans that often block traffic and increase congestion in urban environments," said Arcimoto's Mark Frohnmayer.

"The Deliverator's nimble, small footprint can improve fulfillment and delivery times by allowing the operator to more easily move through traffic and find parking compared to a full-sized automobile. With reduced fuel and maintenance costs, we believe the Deliverator will offer significant per-mile savings. For small business owners and corporate fleets alike, the Deliverator delivers."

The Deliverator is up for pre-order now for a starting price of US$19,900 (the same ticket price as the company's flagship FUV), with full production set to begin in 2020.

Source: Arcimoto

6 comments
notarichman
this looks to be a great addition to delivery vehicles, too bad there is no info. on recharge times or easily replaceable batteries. for pizza deliveries and cold deliveries, i suspect there would have to be a temperature control and insulation. if there were two seats; then i could see dropping off one delivery and proceeding to another, then back to pick up the first person.
Daishi
@notarichman I found the charge time in their FAQ at https://www.arcimoto.com/faq/ . It looks like it's 8 hours for level 1 (110v) and 4 hours for level 2 (220v). The range is 70 miles with the base model and 130 with the extended battery model but I don't believe the batteries are swappable. For something like Pizza delivery most shifts are under 100 miles and it would probably be easier to have drivers plug it in to charge while at the shop or have a spare vehicle on the charger to swap over to than it would be to replace the battery between shifts.
Rustin Lee Haase
Needs doors. The weather outside isn't always friendly. Most potential customers don't live in Hawaii. (Engineers need to get out of the shop more often and learn to design machines that are desirable in the rain/snow/wind/sleet/hail/etc.)
Daishi
@Rustin This is the most common comment I see about it. They had a couple heavier earlier prototypes with heavy doors but opted to launch with a lighter (less expensive) model. They sell lightweight detachable doors as an option. If they are successful their 2nd model will probably have hard doors like some of their earlier prototypes.
mediabeing
As much as I like the look of 3 wheelers, I will never buy one. Roads have holes. With 3 wheelers, what holes the right and left wheel miss, the back middle wheel catches. Not good.
Concerned
20 grand for an electric delivery bike....and it barely hauls the load of crap that it is. People were stupid enough to pay a premium for the not so Smart car. Idiots will line up for this one till these guys go broke promoting the Elios style life. Buy a Honda Fit. Drive longer farther cheaper with more stuff.