Arcimoto’s Mean Lean Machine takes your energy and puts it back into your three-wheeled electric scooter.
The e-trike was announced at electric vehicle maker Arcimoto’s new product event Tuesday and shows how a three-wheeled device can be as thrilling as a regular e-scooter. But it features a lot more tilting and self-charging than your average ride.
The MLM features a pedal generator so you can sit on the e-trike while its stationary and charge up the battery for later riding. All juiced up, Arcimoto says it can last for more than 200 miles and that the ride feels as smooth and stable as a bicycle despite all the titling and leaning — even while braking. Each of the three corners of the trike has its own electric motor, and the weight distribution likely improves the trike’s stability.
Arcimoto is known for its other types of three-wheelers, including its “fun utility vehicle” that can hit 75 mph despite its small, golf-cart like size. Like the FUV, the MLM can fit up to two riders both leaning together.
While it’s available for preorder with a $100 fee, specifics like final price will be announced closer to its summer launch.