Its 100-mile range should get most people to the job and back on a single charge.
Most people commute to work alone, which means much of the space in a five- or seven-seat vehicle largely goes to waste everyday. A new automaker called Electra Meccanica thinks the it has a solution with the Solo – an electric trike with enough room for one person inside. The company realizes this three-wheeler would never work as a family car, but model could be an inexpensive option for getting to the office each day.
With just a 0.24 drag coefficient, the Solo slices through the air. The design features a low nose with pronounced creases on the hood. A steeply raked windshield flows to an arching roof with an integrated rear spoiler. The Solo actually isn’t too small because at 120 inches long (3.04 meters) it’s bigger than a Smart ForTwo at 106.1 inches.
The interior is fairly spartan because there is just a single digital display for the gauges, but the vehicle retains modern amenities like Bluetooth and a backup camera. Storage areas at the front and rear provide a total of 10 cubic feet (285 liters), which should be plenty for one person.
The Solo gets commuters to work by spinning the rear wheel with an electric motor making 82 horsepower (61.15 kilowatts) and 140 pound-feet (189.8 Newton-meters) of torque. The powertrain can get the trike to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than eight seconds, but using the vehicle on the freeway might be tough because the top speed is 80 mph (130 kph).
The 16.1 kilowatt-hour battery provides a range of 100 miles (160 kilometers), which is a bit less than the earlier claim of 125 miles. Charging takes just three hours from a 220-volt outlet or six hours from 110 volts.
The company is currently taking fully refundable deposits on its Website for 250 Canadian dollars ($194) and the vehicles should retail for $19,888 Canadian dollars ($15,400) when they go on sale next year. The price is before any incentives, which means most people would actually pay less for one. Electra Meccanica also plans to sell them in the U.S.
The Solo will make its public debut this weekend at the Luxury & Supercar Weekend in VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada.
Source: Electra Meccanica
Gallery: 2017 Electra Meccanica Solo
Electra Meccanica Unveils New 2017 SOLO Electric Vehicle
All electric, single passenger vehicle to transform daily commuting
(VANCOUVER, Canada) Sept. 9, 2016 Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation (EMV) today unveiled its new 2017 SOLO electric vehicle (EV) at the Luxury and Supercar Weekend event held at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. After years of development, this one person, innovative commuter vehicle is now available for the public to experience for the very first time. Fully refundable deposits for the SOLO can be placed online at electrameccanica.com for delivery in 2017.
“The entire team here at Electra Meccanica is excited to unveil the SOLO at the Luxury and Supercar show,” states Jerry Kroll, CEO of Electra Meccanica. “Most people had a good idea of what the SOLO would become, but they will be impressed by its clever design and meticulous attention to detail. It far exceeded our expectations.”
The idea for the SOLO spawned when CEO Jerry Kroll, founder of KleenSpeed Technologies, first started developing advanced electric race cars at the NASA Research Park in Mountainview, California in 2007. Kroll was joined by long time automotive friend Henry Reisner, President of Intermeccanica Inc. to develop a fresh, new EV concept and the first Electra Meccanica prototype was completed in January of 2015.
With decades of car building expertise, Electra Meccanica’s COO, Henry Reisner is clear on his impression of the new SOLO. “It has appeal for driving enthusiasts, practical commuters and the environmentally conscious.” said Reisner. “We believe the SOLO will become the commuter vehicle of choice for the masses. The vehicle is nonpolluting, very economical to operate and people will have a heck of a good time driving it too.”
Electra Meccanica strives to be the driving force behind sustainable transport in creating the compelling, massmarket SOLO. The vehicle will make the urban commute more efficient, costeffective and environmentally friendly. The bespoke vehicle is not intended to replace the family car, but to supplement the driving experience getting commuters where they need to go at minimal expense and harm to the environment.
The SOLO’s purposebuilt design took into consideration that approximately 80 percent of people commute to and from work alone in their personal vehicle . And with the average daily 1 round trip commute being less than 60 km (40 miles), the SOLO likely won’t require a charge between home and office due to its 160 km (100 mile) range.
Powering the SOLO is a 16.1 kWh lithium ion battery and the drive system is tuned for enthusiastic driving. The chassis is made of a patented composite aerospace lightweight material combined with an aluminum drivetrain which both contribute to an overall vehicle weight of only 450 kg (992 lbs).
Substantial work was done in the wind tunnel helping to achieve greater aerodynamic efficiency giving the SOLO a drag coefficient of .24, which is less than the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911.
The SOLO also comes with a J1772 universal power connector which enables connection at both quick charge and standard stations. The highly efficient battery system requires only three hours of charging time on a 220 volt charging station and approximately twice that on a 110 volt system.
The AC synchronous electric motor powers the SOLO’s rear wheel creating 140 lbft of torque and a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) for spirited driving on the open road. As a single passenger EV, the SOLO also qualifies for most province and state carpool lanes. The single seating configuration provides a funtodrive experience not found in any other vehicle and the 82 hp powerplant accelerates the vehicle from 0-100 km/h (060 mph) in under eight seconds. At ten feet (120 in/ 3.04 m) in length, the SOLO is approximately 14 inches longer than a Smart ForTwo and only 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.
The SOLO comes standard with 15” aluminum alloy wheels in either Anthracite Grey or Platinum Silver and they are fitted with 15560 R15 (Front), 17555 R15 (Rear) Continental all-season tires.
For a compact vehicle, the SOLO’s carpeted cargo space is ample at 285 liters (10 ft³), which is approximately as much as a Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe. This volume provides room enough 2 for an airplane carryon size bag in the front storage area and the equivalent volume of a large shopping cart in the rear compartment.
Because the SOLO’s origins were born from custom coach builder Intermeccanica, we know that interior craftsmanship is key to the driving experience. The SOLO’s cabin offers outstanding appointments inclusive of an LCD digital instrument cluster, AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth/USB connectivity, and adjustable seating configurations. Creature comforts include heating, optional air conditioning, window defogger and a ventilation system as well as power windows, remote keyless entry and a rear view backup camera.
1 US Dept. of Transportation: http://bit.ly/28TtPyH
2 Mercedes Benz: http://bit.ly/2bM6SjY
At launch, the SOLO will be available in the following four primary colors derived from Electra Meccanica’s corporate palette: Titanium Silver, Electric Red, Raven Black and Arctic White. On the exterior, the SOLO is equipped with bihalogen headlamps, daytime running lights and heated mirrors for a drivercentric view of the road. Stopping power comes courtesy of the vehicle’s threewheel disc brakes and an electric parking brake. Electra Meccanica offers a comprehensive bumpertobumper warranty package for two years of unlimited mileage and an eightyear battery warranty. The SOLO retails at $19,888 in Canada, which is approximately $15,500 in US dollars using 3 today’s currency conversion rate. With various provincial, state and federal tax credits and incentives, the SOLO is an affordable and fun to drive EV for Canadian and US residents alike.
2017 EMV Solo Technical Data
Range: Up to 160km (100mi) range
Charging: Time 3 hours/220V
Charger Connector Type: J1772 Universal Connector
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-60 MPH): 8 seconds est*
130 km/h / 80 MPH est*
Motor Information: Rear Wheel Drive
Type: AC Synchronous Electric Motor
Electric Motor Power Output: Up to 82 hp
Battery System Battery Chemistry: Lithium Ion
Energy capacity: (kWh) 16.1
Drag Coefficient: 0.24
Electric Drive Type: AC Synchronous Electric Motor
Power (kW / hp): 16.1 kWh Lithium Ion Battery
Torque: (lb-ft / Nm): 140 ft-lbs torque
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Overall Vehicle Weight Curb Weight: 450 kg/ 992 lbs est*
Construction: Lightweight Aerospace Composite Chassis
Length: 120 in (3.04 m)
Width: 47.6 in (1.21 m) - at the front wheels
Height: 50.5” (1.28 m)
Wheelbase: 80.5 in (2.04 m)
LCD Digital Instrument Cluster
AM/FM Stereo with Bluetooth/CD/USB
Adjustable Cloth Covered Seat
Heating, Defogger and Ventilation System
Rear View Backup Camera
Remote Keyless Entry
Cargo Cargo Space: 285 Liters (10 ft³ / 17,390 in³ / 75.29 gallons)
Exterior Bi-Halogen Headlamps
Heated External Mirrors
Two Speed Windshield Wipers
Available Colours: Titanium Silver, Electric Red, Raven Black, Arctic White
Wheels: 15” Aluminum Alloy Wheels - Choice of Anthracite Grey or Platinum Silver
Tires Tires: 155-60 R15 (Front) - 175-55 - R15 (Rear) - Continental All Season
3 Wheel Disc Brakes
Electric Parking Brake
Daytime Running Lights