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3 wheels, 1 seat: A closer look at Electrameccanica’s 2021 Solo EV

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3 wheels, 1 seat: A closer look at Electrameccanica’s 2021 Solo EV

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Three-wheel electric agent for one

Perception is everything.

Solo is the vehicle’s name, and for good reason. It seats one person. Sound akin or limited? It all depends.

Coming to grips with a single-seat vehicle

This is the elevator pitch from ElectraMeccanica about owning a Solo EV.

“Every day, 119 actor North Americans drive using claimed vehicles— and 105 actor of them drive alone. Step into the future of driving. Reduce your gas bill to zero. Eliminate your ecology impact. Turn your drive into the highlight of your day.”

2021 ElectraMeccanica Solo EV
Three to go

Except for the last line, they are on to commodity here. Look around next time you are stuck in Cartage from Hell freeway jam, and you will accordingly see car after car with only the driver. How about those 8,000-to-10,000-pound SUVs and pickups accustomed only one 150-pound person? Salient points. Then there is the no fuel amount and basal maintenance, and this is attractive even more appealing. So, where would a claiming lie for the Solo EV?

Perception 1: Size. When I showed several accompany photos of the Solo, to a person, they said it is too small for them. When told it can hold a 6-foot, 200-pound person, they shrugged, then said it is too small to be safe.

Driving a solo EV

Until  has the Solo for several days, we can only report on our drive around a coned course in a parking lot. Dispatch and braking were the key points we were attractive for, as good administration for a three-wheeler will never be a concern. The dispatch was peppy, but not fast, and the braking was solid, but not short. The motor is loud at slow speeds, which we doubtable becomes ephemeral at freeway speeds. What we have here is a able freeway runner and an around-town bebopper that will go up-to 100 miles on a charge with a top speed of 80 mph.

2021 ElectraMeccanica Solo EV
Peppy, but not fast

The specs allegorize how simple and apprehensible the Solo is compared to other vehicles.

  • 53 application liquid-cooled motor
  • 94 foot-pounds of torque
  • 17.3 kilowatt-hour NCA (lithium nickel cobalt aluminum oxides) liquid-cooled battery
  • 220V (level 2): 2.5 hours for up to 90% charge
  • 110V (level 1): 8 hours for up to 60% charge
  • Power disc brakes
  • Electric power steering
  • 1,710-pound curb weight
  • 10’ 6” length
  • 57.5” width–at the front wheels
  • 53” height

This all-new, fully electric agent from ElectraMeccanica has two acknowledging front, 15-inch steer wheels shod with 135/70 tires, making the Solo easy to maneuver. Visibility was accomplished and, as expected, all gauges and controls are within easy reach.

Solo EV features

Perception 2: Value. My accompany affected a agent this small was bare bones, able with few accessibility features. Giving them the account of the doubt, I nodded, then gave them this list, which drew their approval.

  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows
  • Power mirrors
  • AM/FM/Bluetooth/USB
  • LCD agenda apparatus cluster
  • Four-way adjustable seat
  • Rear view camera
  • Carpeted rear accumulator alcove (trunk)
  • Cargo space=Five cubic feet
  • Heater, defogger and blast System
  • Air conditioning
  • LED headlamps
  • Dual alfresco heated mirrors
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Electric parking brake

Solo EV models

The customer model of the Solo EV is a single-seat agent with a small cargo alcove behind the driver. The line is being broadcast to accommodate two versions, alms versatility for bartering and fleet uses, both able with a larger cargo box with either rear or side access. Think commitment casework for pizza, advantage and prescriptions. Maybe even the last mile for mail and packages. The commitment possibilities are compelling. There are even plans to advance a sports car another and a two-seat version.

2021 ElectraMeccanica Solo EV
Car-like from the front

ElectraMeccanica, a Canadian company, has a Chinese cardinal accomplishment and broker partner, the Zongshen Industrial Group. An American accumulation plant is planned to be built in either Nashville or Phoenix. Online anxiety are currently being taken, agnate to the early Tesla model, with a $250 deposit. Dealerships are either open or being set up in mall locations in California, Oregon, and Arizona. These manned retail sites do not crave a large real estate brand and are in the flow of consumers.

Solo EV pricing, warranty, and safety

2021 ElectraMeccanica Solo EV
Storage in back

The Solo EV has a MSRP of $18,500, but being classified as a motorcycle works for and adjoin it. The good is it can be driven in the HOV lane after a sticker. The sort of good, but could be better news, is the Solo, as a motorcycle, does not authorize for the federal $7,500 tax credit or California’s $2,000 EV rebate. But in California it is acceptable for a $750 rebate that goes to electric motorcycles. So, it is important to check with your state to see what programs apply to the acquirement of a Solo EV.

Safety appearance accommodate a anatomy made of Teklam (a failing aerospace material), front and rear crumple zones, side impact aegis and a roll bar. The Solo has doors on both sides that aid in access for accustomed use, and in the case of an emergency. Being classified as a motorcycle, the Solo won’t be crash-tested by the US Government’s National Highway Cartage Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Solo EV offers bumper-to-bumper warranties for two years, and five years on the battery.

Observations: 2021 ElectraMeccanica Solo EV

Paul Rivera, ElectraMeccanica’s CEO is an agog accepter in the Solo EV, an activity which seems to run far deeper than just a paycheck for him. His affection for how this small, single-seat all-electric, three-wheeler will make a aberration on association is infectious. The Solo EV  drove was advised for the American market, but for Rivera, that is only the beginning.

2021 ElectraMeccanica Solo EV
John, continuing tall

He said development is currently underway for a world Solo EV that will be targeted for countries where cartage bottleneck is bad, such as India, and cities where inner city agent use is belted to electric vehicles. Rivera is attractive to “the UK and Germany where they are added ahead on their electrified agenda, parking is at a premium, their administration is more, and they have bottleneck taxes. In London, Paris, Gothenburg, and Stockholm, it makes a lot of sense.”

Other manufacturers have tried accepting market share in America with small electric cartage that cost twice as much as the Solo EV, but with little success. Both the Mercedes-Benz Smart, which has two seats, and the Fiat 500e, which can seat four, are no longer being sold on this side of the Atlantic. So, maybe the lower cost of buying will be the aberration maker for ElectraMeccanica, where they make the case for the Solo EV as an efficient, applied busline another for an urban setting.

Another factor is pre-owned EVs that are less than three years old, are still on their aboriginal warranties, have basement for four and larger cargo areas. These are readily accessible for $15,000 to $17,000. Claimed note: A family member afresh purchased a 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf SE with 17,000 miles on it for $15,500. Considering one year ago this car sold for $33,500, you can see where pre-owned EV appraisement will be a claiming to the Solo EV. We explored that market recently.

All of this absolutely does not mean the Solo EV can’t find and fill a niche where the others could not. If Paul Riviera has annihilation to say about it, it will. Don’t bet adjoin them.

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Appear December 28, 2020 — 01:00 UTC

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