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As its name implies, the Electra Meccanic Solo battery-electric vehicle has room for a driver only, with room in back for a few bags of groceries. The three-wheeler with driving range of 60 miles isn’t meant to replace the family hauler, but can fill a need, said the company’s CEO, Jerry Kroll. “It addresses the 83 percent of people who commute by themselves 30 miles or less each way,” Kroll said

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Electra Meccanica is the electric division of the automaker InterMeccanica, which is best known for its reproduction Porsche Roadsters. Kroll, an experienced race car driver, who has run a high tech electric racing vehicle development company, teamed up with Henry Reisner, whose family’s business, InterMeccanica has been building custom vehicles and automobile parts since 1959.

Three-wheeled vehicles are often viewed with skepticism, but the Solo is the result of years of experience in engineering and building performance cars, and its founders are confident of its stability on the road. “Because our engineering team’s specialty is building world-class sports cars, we focused on applying what we’ve learned over the last 50 years to the Solo.

“The batteries are slung low along the frame of the car so as to create an extremely low center of gravity, providing excellent handling,” said Henry Reisner, the car’s chief engineer. The Solo’s 8.64 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery provides the electricity for an 82-horsepower AC-synchronous electric motor that drives the rear wheels.

Acceleration from stop is about eight seconds, and top speed is 75 mph — enough to mingle with commuter traffic on highways and Interstates.

Weighing just 992 pounds, it’s small enough to fit into parking spaces marked for motorcycles.

Battery charge time is three hours using 240-volts, double for 120-volts.

While the Solo doesn’t offer room for two like Toyota’s i-Road three-wheel EV, it has twice the driving range and twice the top speed.

The $15,539 price tag isn’t exactly cheap, but features like power windows, an audio system with Bluetooth and USB, along with a backup camera should keep commuters content.

Full production starts in mid-July, and Electra Meccanica has already received around 120 pre-orders from individuals.

That’s in addition to the claimed 20,500 commercial orders, which indicates the Solo would be an excellent choice for a courier or delivery vehicle.


The Solo Single Seat Three-Wheel EV Launches in July
 

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Didn't see anything about crash performance... They safety feature list goes as far as brakes and seat belts. I wouldn't want to get hit by a smart in that!
 

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Solo seems to be short on "safety" features?

Well here's a look at the chassis . . .

You?re Invited To Experience The SOLO Chassis ? Electra Meccanica

YouTube of Solo chassis.

https://youtu.be/9OdtU7VYDlI

"Safety: • 3 Wheel Disc Brakes • Electronic Parking Break • Daytime Running Lights" They seem to be short on details/safety features? Interior shots, air bag(s), climate controlled, windows up/down etc.?

The Solo ? Electra Meccanica

"with its advanced composite frame that provides substantial strength and rigidity, while weighing just over 17kg (38 lbs.)" Not seeing much structure against a crash in the pictures?

Electra Meccanica Solo Completes First Chassis Test ? Electra Meccanica

Passenger protection?

Electra Meccanica about to go SOLO ? Electra Meccanica
 

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An EV I could possibly like, if only $16K wasn't such a substantial sum to me. I like the concept and it reads as though they're actually going into production next month.

Still, $16K? Ouch. Maybe they're just being more realistic than Elio.
 

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This guy lives across the street from me. He drives a Fisker Karma when he's not clowning around in his tiny prototype. Not a fan of the single occupancy vehicle.
 

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I had a look at one of the cars in the showroom recently.
As they aren't considered cars, a lot of the safety features
are missing...I wasn't impressed to say the least. When I
mentioned we were considering a smart ED, the sales guy
turned and walked away.:D
 

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I am always sad when articles like this one begin referencing competitors to the concept car under discussion, but fail to mention the smart.

The journalist makes points about the concept car's 120" length, and light weight. He uses examples of current production cars for comparison... but, no smart.

Another car-media article last month, in a summer preview, talked about inexpensive convertibles. Again, no smart.

Same thing in articles about city cars, econo cars, etc.

There is a lot of room in smart's PR department to work on improving the 453's top-of-mind media status, given that it is currently at zilch. When the smart fails to occur as relevant in categories that it should rightfully dominate or place highly, there is something seriously amiss PR-wise.
 

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I know the pics are just artist's renderings, but the body seems to have door cutouts on both sides, but a door handle only on the right. Some pics show rear quarter windows and some do not. Also, is that an actual rear window, or just a black panel to simulate one? I know, a lot of questions that probably can't be answered now, but the little trike interests me way more than the Elio.
 
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