Arcimoto Steps into the Future with its Electric Fun Utility Vehicle

Innovation is the future and to get there you need the right tools.  Let’s see how Arcimoto, a forward-thinking company uses SOLIDWORKS to devise new technologies that raise the bar for environmental efficiency, footprint size, and price affordability in electric vehicle design.

Founded in 2007, Arcimoto, Inc.’s main focus is creating the most affordable and performance-packed electric vehicle suitable for the daily driver. The company has broken new ground in the transportation industry by establishing the fun utility vehicle (FUV) category for electric vehicles, following the introduction of Arcimoto’s first electric three-wheeled FUV.



When designing their fun utility vehicle, Arcimoto realized that it needed a 3D solid modeling system with integrated mechanical design, electrical design, and engineering solutions.  According to Mechincal Engineer/PDM Administratior Diana Standish, “Arcimoto chose the SOLIDWORKS® design platform because it’s easy to use, includes robust sheet metal and weldment design capabilities, and provides access to a complete set of integrated solutions…”

Arcimoto couldn’t be swayed when Autodesk offered them Inventor® 3D design and Vault® PDM systems free of charge for a limited period of time.  It realized shortly after, with a unanimous vote from its engineers, that SOLIDWORKS was the tool they wanted to create their designs in.  Since then, Arcimoto has implemented multiple products and added SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics , SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, and SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard to its SOLIDWORKS portfolio. Arcimoto is proud to say that more than 98 percent of its first product was designed with SOLIDWORKS.

To find out more about Arcimoto and how they streamlined their development process, cut their vehicle weight by 40 percent, and improved manufacturability, Click Here.

Josie Morales

Josie Morales

Josie connects with SOLIDWORKS users every day to help them share their cool and ground breaking design stories. When not speaking to users, she's binge watching everything.