Arcimoto hasn’t been able to ramp up production of their FUV, they’ve only delivered a few hundred over the last couple of years. Don’t know if it’s a lack of demand, bad management or if it really is that hard for a small lightly funded company to scale production. I hope it’s one of the first options and not the third because if it’s the last option that doesn’t bode well for Aptera. The introduction of an e-bike inclines me to believe it’s either demand or bad management. If nobody want the FUV then switching to e-bikes makes sense, if they simply can’t figure out how to build FUVs then switching to a product that will be much much easier to build also would make sense. But if they intend their primary business to be FUVs then they should be focusing on that.
I have an e-bike that I ride to work if it isn’t raining and drive my car or work from home if it is (SoCal so that doesn’t happen too much). The FUV has no doors so it can’t replace my car for all-weather commuting. I mean, if I wanted to get wet in the rain the e-bike can handle that 😎
We go to Palm Springs and up to LA or to Utah several times per year. The vehicle needs to carry two people plus luggage. The FUV can’t do that scenario either. Given that and the above, it is basically an $18,000 toy. Which is fine if you need a toy.
Aptera on the other hand could replace my car. It can commute in the rain and carry two people plus luggage a few hundred miles. With only two seats it is more sports car than minivan but it does cover the bases I need covered. The FUV does not.
I think that is the problem Archimoto is facing. They are really competing with things like the Polaris Slingshot for people’s “fun money”. That’s a lot smaller market than Aptera is attempting to address.
They sell a version as a delivery vehicle, it seems well suited to delivering pizzas in a big city. It also makes sense as an hourly rental vehicle in a resort, I can imagine that if you were on a Caribbean island this would be a fun way to get around. Aside from that I agree there doesn’t seem like it makes a whole lot of sense. It doesn’t have the range to be a motorcycle replacement, if it could go 250 miles instead of 100 then it would compete with a CanAm but with it’s current range you would have to trailer it to get to someplace where it would be fun to ride.
They are already doing agreements with local businesses in Florida and Bahamas for local rental fleets. They seem to have switched their business model from retail sales to commercial rentals and deliveries. They also just announced a agreement with a Australian company for rentals as well. I agree with other comments that they seem to be throwing spaghetti at the walls to see what sticks.