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.

2017 Electra Meccanica Solo

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.

2017 Electra Meccanica Solo
2017 Electra Meccanica Solo
2017 Electra Meccanica Solo

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

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