It’s about a year late, but it now seems to be truly coming to market. Electra Meccanica, the electric division of the formerly Italian (now based in Canada) automaker InterMeccanica, first planned to bring its ~$15,000 all-electric three-wheeler, the SOLO, to production during summer 2016, but it is now going through federal certification for the United States and Canada.
CEO Jerry Kroll says that it will be certified by the end of the month and they should be able to start deliveries a few weeks later.
It’s not exactly clear who will be the average buyer of the Solo, but it has already attracted some interest since the company received over 500 reservation with deposits.
It will certainly be one of the cheapest new all-electric vehicle available with a retail price of $19,888 ($15,500 USD).
While it’s still not clear and we likely will not know for sure until the vehicle gets certified, but it could be eligible for EV incentives, which could bring the price down under $10,000 in many states and provinces.
The company refined the design of the vehicle with the production version and it claims that it will be able to travel up to 100 miles on a single charge thanks to its 16 kWh battery pack.
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.
The production line that they have set up at their new factory in British Columbia will only enable a volume of about 10 units per month, but the company plans to ramp that up in order to quickly work through its backlog.
New orders being placed today are expected to be delivered in Q1 2018.
Earlier this year, Electra Meccanica also announced a new all-electric roadster with a range of up to 400 km (250 miles) on a single charge and a starting price of $50,000 Canadian (~$37,000 USD). They now say that they received “almost 100 orders” with each a $1,000 deposit for the vehicle, which we described as an attempt to create the “Mazda Miata of electric vehicles”.
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