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Regionally-Made Electric Cars

Oregon-Based Arcimoto Unveils 190 MPG ‘Pulse'

— September 26, 2009 — Autos
Arcimoto of Eugene showed off its ‘Pulse’ prototype at Courthouse Square in downtown Portland on September 24th. The all-electric prototype was two years in development and took $100,000 to build. The all-electric 3-wheel vehicle has a range of 50 miles and an energy consumption equivalent of 190 MPG.

While it may not be the car for everyone, the affordable $20,000 price tag makes it very attractive for urban and suburban residents who rarely travel more than 50 miles making their daily rounds.

The company is one of many small regional car manufacturers that are popping up around the U.S.. Arcimoto plans to produce 300 units in the upcoming year and is taking orders with a $500 deposit.
Trend Themes
1. Regionally-made Electric Cars - Disruptive innovation opportunity: The rise of regional car manufacturers presents an opportunity for sustainable transportation and local economic growth.
2. Affordable Electric Vehicles - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Making electric vehicles more affordable can encourage wider adoption and reduce reliance on traditional gasoline-powered cars.
3. Energy-efficient Transportation - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Developing energy-efficient vehicles like Arcimoto's Pulse can contribute to a more sustainable and greener transportation system.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive Manufacturing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Localized and specialized electric vehicle manufacturing can rejuvenate the automotive industry and create new job opportunities.
2. Sustainable Transportation - Disruptive innovation opportunity: The demand for environmentally friendly transportation options opens up opportunities for companies focusing on electric and energy-efficient vehicles.
3. Urban Mobility - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Compact and affordable electric vehicles like Arcimoto's Pulse can play a role in improving urban mobility and reducing traffic congestion.
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