EUGENE, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arcimoto, Inc.®, (NASDAQ: FUV) makers of the Fun Utility Vehicle® (FUV®), Rapid Responder™, and Deliverator™ — affordable, practical, and joyful pure electric vehicles for everyday commuters and fleets — announced today that it plans to deploy the first international fleet of pure electric FUVs to Costa Rica starting later this year in collaboration with Sol Mar Vida.
Over the span of three years, Arcimoto and Sol Mar Vida plan to deploy 100 FUVs to be used as tourist rentals in Guanacaste province. Users will be able to rent the FUV directly at beachside hotels from Tamarindo to Playa Hermosa, a stunning stretch of white-sand beaches and world-class surf breaks known as the Gold Coast of Costa Rica.
“We couldn’t be more proud that Arcimoto’s first international fleet will take to the streets of Costa Rica, a nation that has inspired the world with some of the most aggressive and forward-thinking policies to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable transportation,” said Arcimoto Founder and President Mark Frohnmayer. “Costa Rica is on the leading edge of public sector support for clean transportation. Registered EVs are granted special green license plates that confer priority parking in public and private lots, and drivers can park at meters without paying. We believe Arcimoto’s ultra-efficient, light footprint vehicles will be a perfect fit for Costa Rica’s forward-looking ethos. Nothing says clean driving like cruising in a new FUV through Tamarindo as the sun sets over the bluest waters of the Pacific as a fresh set of waves rolls in.”
“Costa Rica is a leader in ecotourism, and in 2019 alone, the country will bring in more than 3 million tourists who will spend more than $4 billion. A significant portion of those ecotourism dollars will come, ironically, from renting gas-powered cars and scooters,” said Jessica Janakes, Sol Mar Vida Co-Founder. “Thankfully, Costa Rica is in the midst of a massive shift to a sustainable transportation system, and we believe these same tourists who are so eager to experience the pura vida Costa Rica is famous for will increasingly choose the open, joyful, clean, and sustainable experience of driving an FUV. Pure electric, pura vida.”
“For our first fleet of rental vehicles, we hope to streamline the rental process by placing the FUVs in luxury hotels, resorts, and vehicle rental companies throughout Guanacaste where guests can rent FUVs directly through the concierge,” said Kris Beem, Sol Mar Vida Co-Founder. “After driving the FUV ourselves, we know one thing is certain: they will be leaving Costa Rica with an experience they’ll never forget.”
About Arcimoto, Inc.
Headquartered and manufactured in Eugene, Oregon, Arcimoto, Inc. (NASDAQ: FUV) is devising new technologies and patterns of mobility that together raise the bar for environmental efficiency, footprint and affordability. Available for pre-order today, Arcimoto’s Fun Utility Vehicle, Rapid Responder, and Deliverator are some of the lightest, most affordable, and most appropriate electric vehicles suitable for everyday transport. For more information, please visit www.arcimoto.com.
About Sol Mar Vida
Sol Mar Vida is dedicated to making fun, sustainable electric vehicles accessible throughout Central America. In 2019, we will make the pure electric Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle available to rent for the first time in Costa Rica through the country’s leading resorts, hotels, and touring companies. With app-based billing, comprehensive insurance, and 24/7 customer service, we aim to transform the tourism rental industry by replacing polluting, gas-powered vehicles with zero emission vehicles that truly represent the pura vida. For more information, please visit www.fuvrentals.com
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