A small Vancouver-based company, Electra Meccanica, has come up with a new zero-emission vehicle, baptized Solo.
Carrying an MSRP of 19,888 CAD ($15,218 USD) and scheduled to be launched on September 9, the three-wheel, single passenger vehicle has a lightweight aerospace composite chassis, which helps it tip the scales at just 992 lbs (450 kg).
It comes with a synchronous electric motor, rated at up to 82 HP and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) of torque, which allows it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a decent 8 seconds and to a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h), but remove the speed limiter and it will go up to 137 mph (220 km/h).
The electric motor is fed by an 8.64 kWh lithium-ion battery, which takes as little as 3 hours to charge from 220V, and once filled, it will offer a total range of up to 100 miles (160 km).
The small electric vehicle is available in four colors – Arctic White, Electric Red, Raven Black and Titanium Silver, and rides on 15-in aluminum alloy wheels.
Billed as “the smartest commuter car on the planet”, Electra Meccanica’s Solo features 75 gallons (285 liters) of cargo space, remote keyless entry, power windows, LCD digital instrument cluster, radio, CD, USB, Bluetooth, backup camera, heater and defogger and it comes with a 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.