Originally published on Gas2.
Electra Meccanica has released a promotional video for its Solo electric car. Deliveries of the one passenger three-wheeled all electric commuter vehicle are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018. The car is priced at $15,500 and has a range of 100 miles.
Equipped with a 16.1 kWh battery and an 82 horsepower electric motor, the Solo has a top speed of 82 miles per hour and a 0-60 time of under 8 seconds. Not that blistering acceleration is a reason to buy this diminutive electric car. Its primary mission is getting back and forth to work using electricity instead of gasoline, although it does have over 10 cubic feet of cargo room behind the driver and in the frunk — that’s the same as a Mercedes C 300 coupe, according to the company.
The Solo is the electric car equivalent to the Elio gasoline powered trike that apparently is never going to go into production. There is market for vehicles that do one thing very well — get people to work and back in a small, highly efficient package that is easy to maneuver and park. The Solo is certainly all of those things.
One of the concerns that people have about three wheeled vehicles is that they just don’t look stable. Those who were fans of the early seasons of Top Gear remember Jeremy and his henchmen having endless fun driving the ridiculous Reliant Robin and making it roll over at will.
A chassis engineer could explain why having two front wheels and one in the rear makes for a much more stable vehicle than having one wheel in the front and two at the rear. A three legged stool is a three legged stool no matter how you sit on it, isn’t it? Apparently, all bets are off once the stool is in motion.
The Solo video is meant to quell any such fears among prospective purchasers. It shows the Solo making high speed maneuvers with no drama and travelling serenely on the highway. If the Solo fits your lifestyle and you want to drive an electric car but can’t afford a Tesla, it may be the perfect car for you. Reservations are being accepted now for a modest refundable deposit of $250.
Source: Electra Meccanica
Reprinted with permission.