% Arcimoto website sez their EV can recharge in 8hrs off L1 (120VAC@12A=
1.4kw rate), or 4hrs off L2 (240-208VAC @?A). Since its charging off L2 is
half the time= twice as fast, their L2 is only a wimpy 3kW onboard charger.
Also, those charge times must be for their cheaper/dinky 12kWh pack. IMO,
customers should be given options or its no-sale (its a bad business model
to not offer order-options). Firefighters, Emergency-crews, 1st responders
will all need & want to order an EV with the full 20kWh pack Arcimoto does
offer. This means Arcimoto should also offer a customer order-option of an
onboard L2 6kW charger. This would provide much-much faster L2
opportunity-charging at public EVSE when away from the station. Remember,
when an EV company does not offer L3 quick charging (they went cheap), they
should at least offer an option for a customer to pay more to buy a full 6kW
powered onboard L2 charger. %

Company Builds Electric Three-Wheeler for First Responders
February 15, 2019

The Arcimoto Rapid Responder is an all-electric, three-wheeled vehicle made
for emergency responders  / Arcimoto

The Arcimoto Rapid Responder is just a little different from most emergency
response vehicles. But with possible advantages in operating cost and size,
it has three local government agencies on board to test it out.

It has three wheels. It tops out at 75 miles per hour. It’s 100 percent
electric. Will police and fire departments go for it?

Arcimoto, a 12-year-old electric vehicle company based in Oregon, announced
its Rapid Responder design Feb. 15. The three-wheel vehicle is based on a
similar design the company has dubbed its “Fun Utility Vehicle,” and it has
agreements from three local government agencies to test them out.

Those would be the city of Eugene, Ore., the Eugene Springfield Fire
Department and the city of Eastvale, Calif. The company’s marketing leans
more toward fire and medical response than police — the photos it released
to the press are of a vehicle in front of a Eugene fire station, and on the
back it has a medical kit and fire extinguisher.

That may be just as well. There hasn’t been a lot of history of police
departments using electric vehicles; the Los Angeles Police Department
signed up to use a couple hundred electric BMWs in 2015 and then apparently
barely used them. And while the Rapid Responder’s top speed of 75 mph
compares favorably to any bicycle, it pales in comparison to the most
popular police vehicles and motorcycles.

A fire truck, on the other hand, is a hulking beast difficult to operate
safely above 68 mph — if it’s not full of water.

The vehicle has an estimated 100-mile range and would take 4-8 hours to

Arcimoto President Mark Frohnmayer said in a press release that the vehicle
will be useful for emergency responders working in dense urban corridors.
Bryan Jones, Eastvale’s city manager, pointed out that since electricity is
cheaper than gas and diesel, it could save money.

“They are electric, quiet, and air-quality friendly, which is important for
the greater Inland Empire Basin,” he said in the statement. “They can be run
on solar power from Southern California’s plentiful sunshine, and they don’t
require us to fill up on gas, so it will reduce operating costs. I could see
these would be great for first responders during special events or medical
calls when a fire engine may not be required.”

There are also environmental goals to consider. With many cities looking to
cut greenhouse gas emissions wherever they can, many have started
considering the gas-guzzling fleets of emergency response departments. San
Francisco Fire Department, for example, has been running a biodiesel program
since 2006.

“In addition to our current fleet of engines, we see the advantage of a
highly efficient, small-footprint vehicle to help with low-acuity calls, and
the potential to reduce operational costs, while being better for the
environment,” said Joe Zaludek, chief of Eugene Springfield Fire
Departments. “We also think the Rapid Responder will have the added benefit
of being a real hit at the annual Christmas Light Firetruck Parade.”

The company expects to have the vehicle in production and ready for delivery
sometime in 2020.
[© govtech.com]

Acrimoto Unveils Electric Three-Wheeler for First Responder Fleets
Feb 15, 2019  Acrimoto Inc. has unveiled a pure electric three-wheeled
vehicle, the Rapid Responder, designed for first responders, security
personnel and law enforcement ...

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