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Old 09-27-2019, 11:25 AM   #521 (permalink)
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I'm sure China already has something similar.
There are plenty of trikes and low-speed EVs made in China, and even though I'm unaware of something so effectively similar to the Arcimoto there are many comparable vehicles.

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Old 09-27-2019, 01:16 PM   #522 (permalink)
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Anybody else notice the white Be-One EV trike body in the video? I think that's what it was called.


I posted about it many years ago, but can't find it!
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I am sure that if someone sells enough, China will copy it.
I'm convinced that Mark Frohnmayer, like Elon Musk, would consider that a win.

Relevant link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BugE

Mark Murphy was next-door neighbor to my landlord in the 1990s. I stood in his garage where he was manufacturing Electrathon chassis for high school students and talked to him. He gave Arcimoto a jump-start.

He went on to Eugene, OR meter maid scooters.

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I've mentioned it before, and probably posted a photo somewhere, but I was involved in the PGE electrathon races back in the day. We built a reverse trike and performed mid-pack on our first year competing. Our battery knowledge was severely lacking, which I suspect was the area most ripe for getting an edge with the competition. The year after I graduated high school, the shop teacher who had been helping us created an official class to build and compete in the races... until PGE ended them.
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I was involved in the PGE electrathon races back in the day. [...] The year after I graduated high school, the shop teacher who had been helping us created an official class to build and compete in the races...

Cool school! My little city had a "technical" high school and an "academic" high school. I think I went to the wrong one.
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I attended school in Mesa and some kids there attended a vocational school for part of the day. I have often wished that I attended the automotive program, not to become a mechanic, just to do my own repairs from the beginning, potentially my family's, too.

Then again, they had computer programs, and if I had a good career I would probably have a newer car, potentially under warranty, and I could definitely pay a mechanic...

Maybe I should not indirectly criticize my employer at work...
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Cool school! My little city had a "technical" high school and an "academic" high school. I think I went to the wrong one.
The woodshop teacher had been there for a long time and his building was separate from the rest of the classrooms. He got to develop courses that interested him. He also taught electronics, which is where I learned enough to tinker. Most people had an interest in fabrication processes, but mine was in the electronics and physics of efficiency.

I got a group of interested kids together into a "club", and we were allowed to enroll in woodshop, yet be given credit for working on the electric car. It was so much fun that the woodshop teacher turned it into an official class.

Don't know how the class was funded as we solicited donations for all our materials. Reynolds Aluminum supplied the aluminum tubing, Les Schwab donated batteries, bike shops donated custom wheels, etc. We borrowed the MIG welder from the maintenance guy, and experimented with battery chemistry by getting sulfuric acid from the science lab.
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My school (in an unincorporated township) had 37 students. I wanted to learn welding so I had to take a shop class that required membership in the FFA (Future Farmers of America). To be in FFA I had to have a project that amounted to more than $50. So I slopped two feeder hogs every night so I could learn welding.

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