Episode 317 with Chris Dawson: Arcimoto
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Episode 317 with Chris Dawson: Arcimoto

Electrify Podcast episode 317 with host Jarod DeAnda and guest Chris Dawson, CEO of Arcimoto

Joining Jarod today is the CEO of Arcimoto, Chris Dawson. Arcimoto is a multi-use, three-wheel EV. Chris is incredibly knowledgeable and wise regarding the EV revolution and leads a team of EV experts who are dedicated to making an electric vehicle that can be used by everyone.

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Arcimoto has set its sights on transforming last-mile delivery with its innovative lineup of vehicles. Led by Chris Dawson, Arcimoto’s team of experts is dedicated to making electric vehicles accessible to everyone, exceeding the current barriers of affordability and convenience that often plague traditional EV ownership.

At the heart of Arcimoto’s mission lies the commitment to offer affordable electric vehicles that cater to the needs of the masses. Chris Dawson highlights the financial burden and inconvenience associated with current EV ownership, highlighting Arcimoto’s solution: an EV under $20,000 that can be charged using a standard outlet, costing only 25 to 75 cents per day to operate. This affordability factor positions Arcimoto as a practical choice for consumers, addressing both environmental concerns and individual financial constraints.

Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV) white desert

Arcimoto’s flagship models, including the Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV) and Modular Utility Vehicle (MUV), reshape urban mobility with their versatile design and customizable features. The FUV, a tandem-seated, open-air vehicle, offers an exciting driving experience ideal for city car driving. Its versatility and customization options make it a perfect fit for various applications, including ride-sharing and electric motorcycle alternatives.

In the world of last-mile delivery, Arcimoto’s MUV stands out as a significant innovation. Designed for commercial applications, the MUV offers options such as a flatbed or box configuration, catering to diverse business needs. From food delivery to street sweeping, Arcimoto’s dedication to offering customized solutions highlights its importance in the quickly changing transportation scene.


Chris challenges misconceptions surrounding EVs, advocating for the right tool for the right job approach. Arcimoto’s vehicles exemplify versatility, accommodating diverse applications and configurations, from micromobility to autonomous cars and beyond.

Looking back on Arcimoto’s journey, Chris compares the early stages of internal combustion engine (ICE) development to the ongoing evolution of electric vehicles. He predicts rapid advancements in electrification technology, positioning Arcimoto at the forefront of innovation in the EV industry.

Arcimoto FUV parked at Monks Cafe

Arcimoto’s presence on NASDAQ reflects its significance in the global market, as the company continues to expand its reach and drive sustainable transportation initiatives worldwide. With a commitment to humility and pragmatism, Arcimoto embodies the ethos of responsible innovation, setting a new standard for the EV industry.

For more information on Arcimoto products, visit www.arcimoto.com, or follow them on X/Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.



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One Response

  1. I bought an Arcimoto last July.

    Like Mr. Dawson says, the EV industry and the government are trying to do is solve a problem most people don’t have. My other vehicle is a Ford F-150, and my wife has a VW New Beetle. I can haul or tow with the truck, and either of the vehicles is comfortable enough for a cross country trip. These were problems I didn’t have.

    What I needed was something economical for around town trips. I don’t need a $70K Tesla to run errands and commute to work.

    The technology and infrastructure isn’t there for cross country driving, But the EV does very well for short trips. As far as saving the planet goes, this is low hanging fruit we can pick now, while we continue to work on the more difficult applications.

    When I was in the Navy, I did a “WestPac” cruise, and saw the small vehicles people in Asian countries drive, and wondering why they won’t work in the US? I had been researching NEV/LSV’s, The deal breaker for me was their top speed is 25MPH, and can only be driven on streets with posted limits of 35MPH. Then I stumbled on the Arcimoto web site. I test drove one, and the FUV practically sold itself. It is just fun to drive.

    With the cargo bag accessory I can get a cart load of groceries in the back seat, and can carry a tool box (Use a bike lock to secure it to the roll bar) or even my 30 lb dog.

    The other aspect where micro mobility makes sense is infrastructure. Most of the energy used in transportation is for moving the vehicle. If I don’t have to lug around 3 tons of vehicle, I use less energy; smaller battery, smaller all round carbon footprint.

    The lower energy requirement, combined with the short trips I am taking mean I didn’t have to invest in a Level 2 charging station. I have an older home and would have had to get a service upgrade to install Level 2 charging.

    The additional electrical load would also apply to an apartment complex installing EV charging for each tenant. This would be the equivalent of adding a second clothes dryer for each apartment.. A hotel installing an EV charger for each room, or a business installing EV chargers for their employees would run into a similar situation; upgraded service, larger transformer, and additional load to our already fragile electrical grid. Smaller really makes sense here.

    I agree with Mr. Dawson that the FUV isn’t practical for everyone. I live in Seattle where it rains six months out of the year so I was hesitant to buy a semi-enclosed vehicle. When people woul dask how I liked my Arcimoto I would reply “Ask me next spring.”

    What finally convinced me to buy an FUV was I vacationed in Europe last summer. I saw a Peugeot Metropolis with a “bagster” apron….. they aren’t going to shut down London or Paris because it is raining. You also have to consider the short time you will be in the vehicle when you factor in discomfort. If people in other countries can put up with it, why can’t tough Americans?

    I ordered my FUV with the optional half doors, and had the aftermarket canvas/vinyl windows (similar to the old Jeeps) installed. I did fine all this winter, except for the one week it was in the 20’s. So I wouldn’t recommend the FUV for Chicago winters, but this also ties in with the “one size fits all” approach we have to get away from.

    I’m really hoping Arcimoto succeeds, because we need this vehicle.

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