Some humorous sayings might be in order when discussing this new addition to the electric roster, but then again, who are we to judge the new Electra Meccanica Solo EV?
We’ve seen our fair share of ultra-smallish boxy cars that actually don’t need a driver’s license to operate on public roads and thus shouldn’t actually be considered as “cars”. And while those sport the same safety as riding a bike – only without the protective gear – people still buy them. So, the three wheeled car from Electra Meccanica – properly dubbed Solo EV – will come with 82 hp and a smaller footprint than a Smart ForTwo. The electric vehicle is being envisioned by Vancouver-based Electra Meccanica, the creation of longtime car builders Henry Reisner and Jerry Kroll, who actually looked back for inspiration at the very old Corbin Sparrow. This single-seater EV could be a match for the Twizy electric – which is being brought over to Canada by Renault – also via the envisioned price, of just $15,300.
The model should see the light of day very soon – this July could be the month – and comes at least with some good power credentials. The 82 hp electric motor enables a top speed of 75 miles per hour – and a single-charge range of 125 miles. At 120 inches long, it’s about a foot longer than a Smart ForTwo and will be fully charged using a Level 2 charger in three hours. Electra Meccanica adds it has already registered over 20,000 refundable deposits for the Solo.