If you love Tesla’s models but worried they seat too many people and have too many wheels, the perfect car for you just went into production. It’s called the Solo EV. A company called Electra Meccanica designed it. And it just went into production in China.
That’s right the Vancouver, British Columbia-based electric trike startup’s perhaps too aptly named Solo EV costs just $15,500. It can go 100 miles on a single charge and, impressively, can receive a full charge from a regular 120-volt wall socket in less than six hours.
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For those of you who aren’t eco-minded bachelors or bachelorettes and need a bit more than one seat in your EV, the company has a second vehicle in the pipeline, the Tofino—a two-seater convertible sports car.
To date, Electra Meccanica has marked more than 64,000 pre-orders on the board, which would represent $2.4 billion in sales. That is, if the company is capable of building enough vehicles to meet demand and also converts those pre-orders in to deliveries.
Electra Meccanica had been assembling its cars in B.C. With its Zongschen facility online, it can ramp up production … kind of.
Would-be buyers might be waiting a while, though. The company expects to produce only 50 Solo EVs by the first week of spring, March 31, 2019. What’s more, it only projects it will have built 5,000 cars by the end of 2019.
Worse yet, that’s just anticipated Solo EV production. Most of Electra Meccanica’s pre-orders are for the Tofino—none of which have been built yet.
Much like the Eugene, Oregon-based Arcimoto three-wheel EV brand, it’s sort of hard to imagine a successful market for electric-powered trikes like the Solo EV. That’s especially true considering the large number of EVs from traditional automakers coming to market in the coming year.