Electra Meccanica, a Canadian company, launches a three-wheeled electric vehicle – the Solo. Its production started at the plant in Chongqing, China.
An awkward-looking Solo EV developed by Electra Meccanica from Vancouver will soon go on sale. It is already available for reservation. The price (MSRP) is $15,500 ($19,888 CAD).
Just 50 cars will initially roll off the assembly line. Later on, when the full production cycle is run, at least 50,000 units will be annually manufactured. The first American dealership has been already opened in Los Angeles.
What do we know about this stranger?
Well, the Solo is built on a lightweight aerospace composite chassis and has got 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 80.5-inch (2.04m) wheelbase. The Solo is 122inch (3.10m) long, 52inch (1.33m) wide (at the front wheels) and 53inch (1.34m) high.
The rear-wheel drive vehicle is powered by an 82-hp electric motor (128 ft-lb torque) and a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery providing 100 miles (160km) of driving range. Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 8 sec, the top speed is 82mph (132 km/h).
Charging takes 3 hours (220V) and 6 hours (110V). Inside we can find adjustable heated seats. Remote Keyless Entry, an electric parking brake, a LCD digital instrument cluster, a stereo system with Blootooth, a rear view backup camera, power windows and other tweaks are available. The cargo space is large enough (285 liters) for such a car.
We can add that the Solo is not the only Electra Meccanica’s electric car. The company has already developed a high-performance electric roadster called Tofino.