The founder of Arcimoto, a company producing peppy electric three-wheeled electric vehicles in Oregon, claims that Tesla CEO Elon Musk crashed one of its cars into a brick wall in the fall of 2019.
“Elon is the very first one to ever crash an Arcimoto, a production Arcimoto,” CEO Mark Frohnmayer told Galileo Russell, the man behind the Tesla enthusiast YouTube channel HyperChange, in a casual backyard interview surfaced by Electrek.
Musk “jumped into the driver’s seat of Adeo’s Arcimoto and promptly drove it into a brick wall,” Frohmayer said, referring to Silicon Valley investor Adeo Ressi’s three-wheeler.
Missing a Wheel
Arecimoto calls its strangely shaped three-wheelers “Fun Utility Vehicles,” or FUVs. They feature two tandem seats and an electric drivetrain that can accelerate up to 75 mph with a range of around 100 miles. Each FUV currently goes for $17,900 in the US.
Ironically, when a Twitter user reached out with a video of Arcimoto consultant Sandy Munro asking Musk for help with some projects he was working on back in September, the Tesla CEO had an acerbic reply: “Can’t support 3 wheel vehicles. Not safe enough.”
In the interview, Frohnmayer also recalled that Musk was involved in a serious motorcycle accident when he was young, which may help explain Musk’s reply.
READ MORE: Arcimoto CEO claims Elon Musk crashed their three-wheeled electric vehicle [Electrek]