Three Wheels

Published: 09.14.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 1:59
Accent: British
Source: Reuters (09.04.2017)

Arcimoto is preparing to launch its $12,000 three-wheeled electric vehicle.

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  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
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triangle Vocabulary

  • culmination [n] - final product
  • commuter [adj] - for getting to work
  • retailing [v] - being sold
  • in terms of [exp] - in this category
  • efficiency [n] - using little fuel to go further
  • factor [n] - one of the causes
  • footprint [n] - effect
  • capability [n] - ability
  • enclosable [adj] - able to be closed
  • stable [adj] - not going to fall over easily
  • generation [n] - version
  • prototypes [n] - models
  • breakthrough [n/adj] - important point for success
  • upright [adj] - sitting more straight up
  • drop [v] - reduce
  • target [n] - goal
  • sweet spot [n] - ideal place
  • aim [v] - trying to get to
  • range [n] - distance it can travel
  • equivalent [adj] - equal in a different category
  • consumption [n] - amount used
  • impact [n] - influence
  • commuters [n] - people going to work
  • sustainable [adj] - able to keep using/doing
  • eco-friendly [adj] - good for the environment

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Questions

  1. How long has Mark Frohnmayer been working on this electric vehicle?
    10 years
    12 years
    20 years
    7 years

  2. The Arcimoto SRK design is similar to a motorcycle because Frohnmayer wants it to be...?
    efficient and fast
    reliable and good for shopping
    efficient and fun
    fun and stable

  3. What benefits did switching the design from a steering wheel to handlebars have?
    It is faster.
    It is lighter.
    It is shorter.
    It is cheaper to produce.

  4. Using a handlebar also decreased the weight of the SRK by almost...?
    sixty pounds
    sixteen hundred pounds
    six hundred pounds
    several hundred pounds

  5. The SRK has a range of...?
    17 miles
    70 miles
    77 miles
    77 minutes

  6. How much will the SRK base model cost?
    12 hundred dollars
    20 thousand dollars
    200 thousand dollars
    12 thousand dollars

  7. What kind of vehicle is the Acrimoto SRK?
    3 wheeled all –electric commercial vehicle
    3 wheeled hybrid commuter vehicle
    3 wheeled hybrid communist vehicle
    3 wheeled all –electric commuter vehicle

  8. How many generations of prototypes has Frohnmayer built in total?

  9. how many reservations has Frohnmayer received for his SRK?

triangle Discussion

  1. Describe your normal commute to school or work.
  2. Describe your sweet spot in terms of ideal beach temperature.
  3. Do you think this SRK can be a successful and popular alternative to the car – why/ why not?
  4. Should Korea ban fossil fuel cars in the near future, and what effects would this ban have?
  5. What other innovations in transport/ technology could help fight global climate change?
  6. What new laws do you think governments should make about fighting climate change?

triangle Script

This three-wheeled electric vehicle is the culmination of 10 years of work For Mark Frohnmayer. It's the Arcimoto SRK -- an all-electric commuter vehicle retailing at a base price of $12,000 -- and Frohnmayer hopes his first customers will have them in their driveways by the end of summer.

"I thought, you know, if we can build something that was much closer to the motorcycle in terms of efficiency and fun factor and, you know, footprint on the road but was close to the car in terms of capabilities and enclosable and carries groceries and stable, that we'd have a real product opportunity that the world has been missing for a long time." Frohnmayer built seven generations of prototypes with regular car steering wheels. His breakthrough moment came when he replaced the steering wheel with motorcycle handlebars.

"By switching to handlebar steering, we were able to move the passengers into a more upright seating position like you'd have on a city scooter and that let us shorten the vehicle by almost two feet and drop hundreds of pounds -- almost 600 pounds -- of weight between generations 6 or generation 7 and generation 8 and that moved us way beyond our actual weight target and let us drop the cost to a point where it was actually going to be in the sweet spot that we were aiming for."

The SRK can reach 85 mph and has a range of 70 miles. It has an equivalent fuel consumption of 230 MPG, the company says. Frohnmayer said Arcimoto has already taken 1,500 reservations and hopes it's just the beginning. He believes his small cars will soon have a big impact in the fight against climate change - offering commuters a sustainable and eco-friendly option to get to work.

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