We have been talking about the SOLO for a while now, but it’s finally here. Today, Electra Meccanica unveiled the version production its all-electric 3-wheeler in Vancouver. We get a good look at the final design of the one-seater commuter with a ridiculously small footprint.
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The company was previously listing the battery pack of the Solo as having a capacity of 8.64 kWh. We expressed some skepticism about them achieving their expected 100 miles range goal with such a small pack despite the 1,000 lbs weight of the vehicle.
Sure enough, the company confirmed today that it doubled the capacity to 16.1 kWh. Fortunately, it managed to keep its retail price of $19,888 ($15,500 USD) in Canada.
In term of size, Electra Meccanica explains that the SOLO is a little longer than a Smart ForTwo but shorter than a Fiat 500:
“At ten feet (120 in/ 3.04 m) in length, the SOLO is approximately 14 inches longer than a Smart ForTwo and 19 inches shorter than a Fiat 500. With a wheelbase of 80.5 in (2.04 m), a height of 50.5 in (1.28 m), a front width of 47.6 in (1.21 m) and a lowslung, singleseat configuration, the vehicle has a planted stance and a streamlined profile”
It achieved a 0.24 drag coefficient. It has a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph) in “under eight seconds.”
The onboard charger enables level 1 and 2 charging. You can expect a full charge in about 3 hours on level 2. With its range of up 100 miles, the SOLO should really be considered as a commuter vehicle and nothing more.
Nonetheless, if it manages to be eligible to EV incentives, like Quebec’s $8,000 rebate or Ontario’s up to $13,000 rebate, it could prove to be a popular choice for its value. We asked a company representative if they verified the SOLO’s eligibility to incentives, but we didn’t get an answer. We will update if we do.
Electra Meccanica says that deliveries will start in Canada in 2017 – a few months late from previous expectations.