Every day, millions of people in the United States pile into vehicles to drive to work and school, run errands, and get around town. In many of these cases, individuals are making their daily commutes in large SUVs, trucks, and sedans. All this leads to an incredible amount of waste and contributes to the growing issue of global warming resulting from carbon emissions.
What if, instead of driving a gas-guzzling vehicle each day, individual commuters had a more sustainable, eco-friendly option? And what if that vehicle was actually fun to drive? That’s exactly what the FUV — aka Fun Utility Vehicle — is designed to provide.
Created by Acrimoto, the FUV Electric Vehicle is a three-wheeled EV that is an ideal match for individuals who find themselves wishing to lead a carbon-free lifestyle. With its unique design, fun features, and affordable price tag, the FUV Electric Vehicle is making waves in urban areas around the United States. Let’s take a look at what the FUV Electric Vehicle offers and how one EV maker is on a mission to revolutionize the way we drive.
What Is the FUV Electric Vehicle?
While countless designs and styles of EVs are on the road today, the FUV remains notable. For starters, the FUV Electric Vehicle is classified as a motorcycle, which allows the vehicle to be designed in the most lightweight way possible. However, don’t let that classification worry you if you aren’t a seasoned motorcycle rider. The FUV Electric Vehicle features a stable three-wheeled design with two front wheels and a single back wheel. This makes navigating the FUV as simple as driving a small compact car.
When it comes to seating, the FUV Electric Vehicle has two seats, making it the perfect pick for couples or those who generally only commute with one to two people. Each passenger has a double set of seatbelts, creating a much safer ride than a standard motorcycle. Adding to the safety of the FUV’s design is a roll cage, which encompasses the seating area, creating a small car-motorcycle crossover style.
When it comes to comfort, the FUV Electric Vehicle was designed to make the ride enjoyable. Heated seats keep you warm and optional doors transform the FUV Electric Vehicleinto an all-weather vehicle. A Bluetooth stereo allows you to crank up the tunes and an optional rear trunk provides space for a trip to the grocery store.
While the small size of the FUV may lead you to believe that it is only capable of around-town speeds, the FUV boasts an incredible 75 MPH top speed. The FUV can be plugged into any standard 110v or 220v wall outlet, making EV charging a cinch. With 102 city mile range, this EV will allow you to tackle your daily errands without worrying about your next EV charge.
As you drive the EV, a color LCD panel will provide you with all the info you need. Check your speed, battery level, range, and the distance you’ve traveled.
When it comes to driving the FUV Electric Vehicle, the design is incredibly unique in that it utilizes a handlebar grip throttle. The handles are heated for extra comfort, and getting comfortable with this style of acceleration only takes a few practice runs before it becomes second nature.
LED headlights offer premier nighttime illumination, and the eye-catching design of the vehicle makes it noticeable night or day. Whether you are zipping around town or cruising down the highway, the FUV Electric Vehicle will handle like a small car, perfectly capable of hugging the road around corners and stopping quickly with hydraulic disc brakes.
When considering the FUV, it’s all in the name. This EV is designed to encompass three core tenants:
Fun! The FUV is not your standard EV. The creative design, handlebar throttle, and eye-catching style make it truly an enjoyable experience. During warm weather, feel the wind in your hair as you enjoy the panoramic open-air style of the vehicle. As an all-electric vehicle, the FUV has a zippy feel to it. And, because it’s unlike any other vehicle on the road, you’ll grab the attention of others as you pass by.
Utility. With a built-in trunk area and comfortable seating, the FUV is ultimately designed to make day-to-day errands and commutes easier. The vehicle is easy to charge, not requiring the installation of a new home charging station. No timing belts, no oil changes, and relatively no maintenance requirements make the FUV as practical as it is fun.
Vehicle. At the end of the day, the FUV is a vehicle that offers almost every standard vehicle feature to which you are accustomed. Available in 14 states, the FUV is classified as a 100 percent street-legal mode of transport.
At the end of the day, while the FUV is undoubtedly crafted with a nod at whimsy and enjoyment, the goal of the FUV is to revolutionize the way we approach driving. The FUV answers a critical question:
Do we need a vehicle that big?
Undoubtedly, if you are driving your kid and their two friends to school, a small SUV or mini-van is better suited for your needs. However, what about after the kids have been dropped off and you are running errands? Do you still need to drive a vehicle that large?
Pay attention during your next commute, and you’ll likely notice that a single person occupies the vast majority of vehicles on the roadways. In fact, according to Acrimoto, 90 percent of drivers are operating expensive, polluting, oversized vehicles to drive short distances. And these drivers are using these vehicles for solo trips or trips with only a single passenger.
Not only are most of these vehicles still relying on fossil fuels for their operation, but they are also ridiculously oversized for the task at hand. This isn’t just bad for the environment because of pollution and the overconsumption of energy, but it also has a ripple effect. Large, oversized vehicles are hard on our roadways, which in turn requires continual repairs. Each repair has a negative impact on the planet. Additionally, the moment these large vehicles are parked, they require expansive parking spaces, which also impacts both the greater environment and the localized environment.
The FUV is all about minimizing our impact on the planet. It’s about offering a practical alternative to large vehicles while simultaneously giving you something to enjoy driving. It’s stylish, it’s quick, and it’s extremely simple to upkeep.
The FUV and its similar counterparts are all about changing the way we approach driving, the way we design our roadways, and the way we lay out our cities. What if we could ditch large parking lots and add more shared green spaces because our vehicles require less space? What if we could minimize the impact on local environments by creating smaller roadways? When we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels while simultaneously shifting away from heavy usage of concrete and pavement, the result is a dually positive impact on the planet. The size of our vehicles matters more than we may think. Changing how we commute can have an incredibly far-reaching effect on fighting global warming.
Arcimoto: A Mission for Positive Change
The FUV Electric Vehicle is just one of many EVs designed by Acrimoto — a company that is built on the idea that we must rethink the way we live to protect our planet from further damage.
Arcimoto’s mission is simple, reduce carbon emissions by reimagining how we drive. The organization, which has been in operation since 2007, is aiming to reduce our dependence on oversized, overpriced, and polluting vehicles to instead turn to efficient and aptly sized EVs everyone can afford. The goal is to shift people’s mentality, to propose a better way of living.
In addition to the FUV Electric Vehicle, Arcimoto also offers the Deliverator, the Rapid Responder, the Roadster, the Flatbed, the Cameo, and the Mean Lean Machine. Each of its unique EV designs is specifically crafted to revamp the way that daily activities take place. From low-impact delivery vehicles to work trucks, Acrimoto is creating fun and imaginative EVs for everyday life.
Along with its incredibly diverse EV designs, Acrimoto is also considering how automated driving can help save lives. Citing that more than a million lives are lost every year in traffic accidents, Acrimoto points out that more than 90 percent of these crashes involve human error. For this reason, the EV company is investing in self-driving technology. In the future, the company aims to offer drivers fully self-driving vehicles and EVs that tap into networked vehicle technology.
Join the Charge!
Whether you opt for the incredibly unique and enjoyable FUV or you invest in an EV designed for the whole family, when you transition away from fossil fuels to green energy, you’re contributing to a better tomorrow. We invite you to join the charge, not just in the way you drive but in the way you live your entire life. From the food you eat to the choices you make at the car dealership, we are here to help you lead a carbon-free lifestyle. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest EV living news, and follow us on Instagram or Facebook for daily inspiration. We look forward to joining together to create a brighter future in which green is at the center of all we do.
By evee Life Contributor
Published January 11, 2023 4:18PM
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