Electra Meccanica Solo: Here's What You Need to Know
【Summary】Earlier last month Canadian electric vehicle startup, Electra Meccanica delivered its first electric three-wheeler in the United States. The Canadian startup is the latest entry into small electric vehicle market.
Earlier last month, Canadian electric vehicle startup Electra Meccanica delivered its first electric three-wheeler in the United States. The company is the latest entry into small electric vehicle market. However, the collapse of other electric three-wheeler manufacturers like Aperta and Corbin are a testament to the challenges that an offering in this segment must face.
The company believes its single-seater electric vehicle Solo comes with features which sets it apart its three-wheeled competitors. Here what you need to know about the small commuter vehicle.
Unlike all electric three-wheelers before the Solo, the EV comes with features like power windows and heated seats. The car also comes with 10 cubic feet of cargo space, which is split between a hatch behind the driver and a trunk under the hood. The Solo also gets an all digital color instrument cluster.
Electra Meccanica is not touting the Solo as a replacement for a conventional car. Instead, Electra Meccanica wants Solo to be the future of individual commuting. The company says that most people commute alone and a single-seater electric vehicle will make such short trips more efficient. The electric three-wheeler also gives its driver the convenience of using carpool lanes, because the three wheeled Solo is classified as a motorcycle.
At the front, the Solo gets a faux grill, lowered intakes and windshield which has some resemblance to a conventional car. On the sides, we find a prominent bodyline which runs across the length of the compact vehicle. The rear wheel is completely enclosed by the body work to enhance the vehicle's aerodynamics. The Elektra Solo is 120 inches long which makes it only slightly shorter than a Smart ForTwo.
The company claims that Solo has a drag coefficient of 0.24 and weighs just 992 pounds. This was achieved by incorporating a composite body and aluminum drivetrain components.
The small electric commuter is powered by a 61-kilowatt electric motor which produces 82 horsepower of peak power output and 140-pound feet of torque. The Solo is rear wheel drive vehicle and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 8 seconds. The company claims that Solo can offer an all-electric driving range of 100 miles. Electra Meccanica also estimates that the battery pack can be charged in 3 hours by using a level 2 charging station. The Solo comes has a top speed of 68 miles per hour.
The Electra Meccanica Solo has a price tag of $15,500 (USD) or $19,999 (CAN). In North America, the first delivery of Solo EV was made to a customer in the Los Angeles area. The company has gone on record to state that it plans on selling 75,000 Solo EVs in America over the course of next three years.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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