Because the vast majority of people commute to work alone, help a new automaker dubbed Electra Meccanica has decided to present a solution in the form of the Solo electric trike.
As the name implies, it has just enough space for a single person – a way of saving up space from the rarely used five or seven-seat vehicle. This electric trike designed for a single person is of course pitched to those going to the office alone each day – and not to families. It has a 0.24 drag coefficient, and the entire design is subdued to the aerodynamic functions – and it’s actually not that small considering its 120 inches (3.04 meters) length trumps that of a Smart ForTwo at 106.1 inches. The interior is very minimalistic, with a single digital display for the gauges, as well as modern elements such as Bluetooth and a backup camera. Trunk space at the front and rear comes up to 10 cubic feet (285 liters), which should suffice for the single person.
The Solo is a commuter’s partner via the rear wheel powered electric motor that has 82 horsepower (61.15 kilowatts) and 140 pound-feet (189.8 Newton-meters) of torque. It will suffice to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) under eight seconds but a freeway ride might get tedious because the maximum speed is of just 80 mph (130 kph). There’s a 16.1 kilowatt-hour battery with a range of up to 100 miles (160 kilometers), with a charge of three hours needed when using a standard 220-volt outlet. Prices – the company is from Canada – are expected to start from $19,888 Canadian dollars ($15,400) when the model reaches its intended markets in 2017.