The cult-classic sci-fi television show Firefly portrayed a future where humanity had taken to the stars. One of the stars of this defunct show, Nathan Fillion, helped Arcimoto unveil the “Red 5” SRK EV prototype, a three-wheeler with racing aspirations.
Nathan Fillion, also known as Captain Malcom Reynolds from Firefly, showed up with his Castle co-star Jon Huertas to take a test drive in the Red 5 SRV prototype. It always helps to have some big stars on hand to launch a car. He’s also involved in trying to purchase the rights to Firefly (one of my favorite television shows) in order to bring it back to airwaves.
The SRV does have a few things going for it though. This mobility scooter-turned three-wheeled EV commuter can go up to 65 mph, and while that may not be blisteringly fast, it takes less than ten seconds to reach max speed. Combined with a racing-inspired suspension, Arcimoto will offer different battery levels for different range requirements. 40 miles on the low end, 80 for mid-range, and up to 160 miles on future models, which will cover all but the most extreme commutes. It is also being built in Eugene, Oregon, giving it that “Built in the USA” appeal.
How much of a chance the SRV stands, I can’t say. However, with scooter sales on the rise and more people looking for a cheap alternative to gasoline (prices are said to start under $20,000) there might just be a market for this three-wheeled EV commuter.
Fillion had a few choice words for Arcimoto and those gathered for the unveiling. I’ll leave you with his (awesome) parting speech.
Thank you so much for simply yet so radically revolutionizing the auto industry, an industry that has seen so little change in the last century.
Thank you for making a cleaner vehicle for which the energy infrastructure already exists.
Thank you for seeing a need facing a mere 90% of the population, and filling it.
Thank you for giving me a way to stick it to big oil and big auto companies. Because… I am a vengeful man. And they’ve been sticking it to me for a long time.
No matter how old I get, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the fact that it looks a little like a spaceship. I’m kind of into spaceships, so thanks for that.
Thank you for keeping it in Eugene.
Thank you for taking this venture upon yourselves, through the long hours of hard work, the sacrifices that you and your families have endured. Ladies and Gentlemen, you of Arcimoto have done something amazing and I hope that you are proud.
P.S. Last time I was here I think I left my iPhone charger in your offices, give me a call if you find it.”
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.