Arcimoto Mean Lean Machine e-trike latest prototype unveiled with expected 200-mile range
Arcimoto has unveiled the fourth generation prototype of its Mean Lean Machine, an electric tilting e-trike. The vehicle, also known as the Cybertrike Edition, features improvements to the suspension. Also included in the latest prototype are Arcimoto’s MicroFutureDrive and carbon fibre wheels.
The riding experience is similar to riding a bike, with stability at high and low-speed thanks to the world-class tilting technology, with a torque hub motor attached to each wheel. Torque vectoring enables precise braking or driving force delivery for improved stability, turning, acceleration and shorter stopping distances. The front wheel provides high levels of grip for a smooth ride, and an automatic shifter transitions through the gears as you need them.
A pedal generator pushes energy into the drivetrain and can be used when the trike is stationary to recharge the battery. Arcimoto says that the electric trike should launch by the end of the year. It hopes a production model will have over 200 miles (~322 km) range and support for one or two passengers.
Next, the company plans to build several prototype units for road testing and marketing purposes. At launch, Arcimoto has revealed that three models of the e-trike will be available: the entry-level Sidewinder, mid-range Cybertrike, and high-end true Mean Lean Machine. You can currently pre-order the Mean Lean Machine with a US$100 fully refundable deposit; pricing for the e-trikes has not yet been confirmed.