Last “Working” Day Of 2016 And Still No Cello

“The LeMaker Cello main board is scheduled to ship in Q2 of 2016.”
 
See http://www.lenovator.com/product/103.html
Well, they promised Q2. Then, in a private e-mail, they promised December. Here we are on the last working day of December and 2016 and still no Cello is being shipped.

That’s disappointing and fatal. There’s a better product on the horizon, promised for January, 2017. AMD was late to market with their A1100 family and Lenovator was later still shipping it. Let’s hope Marvell wants my business soon or someone else will come along and do this right.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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21 Responses to Last “Working” Day Of 2016 And Still No Cello

  1. dougman wrote, “The Solo EV, is a one trick pony bound to fail as did the Elio vehicle. No one will buy it, and it won’t be sold in any country. Your best solution is just get a bike.”

    Nonsense. It the next big thing. I’ve just ordered my seed for next year’s garden or I would already have reserved a unit. It’ll be a classic even if it fails in the market and because it’s such a simple machine it will likely last longer than I do. It’s a steal at any price.

  2. dougman says:

    Pogsey, you slowly reminding me of Fifi more and more. You cannot stay on topic, nor can you post relevant data to back your position.

    The Solo EV, is a one trick pony bound to fail as did the Elio vehicle. No one will buy it, and it won’t be sold in any country. Your best solution is just get a bike.

  3. dougman wrote, “Pogsey, you do realize that the image you posted is from http://intermeccanica.com/athird.net/about/shop-tour and an entirely separate entity, do you not?”

    Not separate. Working together.

    1. They sell the book.
    2. They are partners in making the cars.

    “ElectraMeccanica has partnered up with InterMeccanica, a family-owned New Westminster-based high-end automobile manufacturer that has been custom building cars for their niche market since 1959. InterMeccanica knows how to make cars.”

    see Celebrating Local Businesses in Our Community – ElectraMeccanica & InterMeccanica

  4. dougman wrote, “ONLY 350 orders? Oh dear, this is a definitive “failure to-launch” in my books.”

    No, that’s success. They had originally planned for 100. 350 is about a year’s worth of production at their small facility. Starting small is definitely better than cranking out thousands that need to be recalled for some problem to be fixed. It’s all good new. I should get my bid in soon…

  5. dougman says:

    At least Intermeccanica, is a straight up manufacturer with a long history, that DOES NOT need, request or extort pre-payment orders.

    https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/intermeccanica/unspecified/1898845.html

    ONLY 350 orders? Oh dear, this is a definitive “failure to-launch” in my books.

    https://cleantechnica.com/2016/11/20/electra-meccanica-solo-now-350-reservations-comments-pre-production-progress/

  6. dougman says:

    “Duct tape to get a brand new $15K car to get work properly? Think carefully about what you are saying…”

    I was going to follow up on that, glad someone else said it.

    Pogsey, you do realize that the image you posted is from http://intermeccanica.com/athird.net/about/shop-tour and an entirely separate entity, do you not? I see no electric vehicles anywhere in those images. Did you even read what the picture was about?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermeccanica

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ElectraMeccanica

  7. The Wiz wrote, “Duct tape to get a brand new $15K car to get work properly?”

    Just looking at the pictures on the web, I think everything is reasonably rugged but the hood supports/latches. I can see operating those daily. How long will they last? I don’t know but I expect they would be the first thing to go barring accident. Perhaps my opinion is based on “full-sized” cars with huge hoods… with latches/supports that are huge. Perhaps nothing more robust is needed for the smaller hood, probably ¼ the size of the typical car. What do you think?

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  8. Wizard Emeritus says:

    ” I still think the hood support/latch is flimsy but I can use duct-tape if necessary… ”

    Duct tape to get a brand new $15K car to get work properly?

    Think carefully about what you are saying…

  9. dougman wrote, ” Your “factory” looks like the bottom floor of an apartment condo complex.”

    Uh, no, it doesn’t:

  10. dougman, wrote, “Your “factory” looks like the bottom floor of an apartment condo complex. That’s some factory, sure to give Elon Musk and his gigafactory a shaker in their booty.”

    They have a sound business-plan. That factory is intended to produce ~100 units. Once the product is in production they can easily expand elsewhere close to markets: USA, China, etc. The Chinese think they can produce ~100K per annum if the product takes off. I’m thinking to try to get one of those units…

    The design of the vehicle is as much as possible to use off-the-shelf standard parts. That’s just about everything except the frame and body. It doesn’t take that much R&D to do that, just some trials and testing. They’ve been doing that for more than a year and they’ve solved a few problems like capacity of the battery. I still think the hood support/latch is flimsy but I can use duct-tape if necessary… The rest of the vehicle is rather nice and simple. I like that. It has its place.

  11. dougman wrote, “in essence, they need additional monies to stay afloat.”

    That could be said of any business. Electrameccanica already has a factory in BC.

    From the Desk of Jerry Kroll December 22, 2016:
    “The busiest department currently at Electra Meccanica is our production team, who have settled into our newly expanded production facility in New Westminster, British Columbia. I’ve driven the first pre-production SOLOs, one of which has gone to complete US Federal compliance and certification testing. I expect us to complete pre-production by the end of the year and get right into production for those of you who are eagerly awaiting your cars. They perform wonderfully, and are super eye-catching in traffic. Our marketing team is looking forward to taking photos of all of you as you get your keys and drive off in your new SOLO and so am I.”

  12. dougman says:

    Continuing study on this subject Pogsey, I seriously doubt that 2017 will bear fruit for you at this juncture. The Lemaker Cello is turning out to be a non-starter.

  13. dougman says:

    “Solo exists and is in limited production now.”

    BS.

    The price of a Toyota corolla or a Honda civic?…yea…no thanks. I’d rather have a real car with more comfort and utility.

    Reading the corporate presentation, Seeking up to $10M to implement the commercialization of the SOLO including: building a larger manufacturing facility, fund R&D, marketing efforts, and provide for general working capital.

    So in essence, they need additional monies to stay afloat. If this project was so great. the Canadian government would subsidize it and that would be that, but no the Parliament and Trudeau is no where in-sight.

    Electra Meccanica proposes to sell 250K of them is bordering on the ridiculous, even if they get production started.

  14. dougman wrote, “you want to put a “deposit” down on that stupid EV Solo, which I just explain to you is another failing winner.”

    Solo exists and is in limited production now. It performs well as a commuter. The only issues are whether it can be registered and insured where I live. The folks who built it have built other vehicles so this should happen sooner rather than later. The thing is clearly safer than a motorcycle and folks do register and insure those here.

    I’ve read the specs. I understand the technology. I like its efficiency, compactness, low maintenance and operating costs and I can afford one. I think it will happen. My biggest fear is that TLW will want to drive it… She’s rough on equipment…

  15. dougman says:

    “Quit repeating this lie. ”

    Oh, you prepaid for the board Pogsey, you have “skin” in the game, this is why you are upset about not taking delivery.

    Now, you want to put a “deposit” down on that stupid EV Solo, which I just explain to you is another failing winner.

    Pogsey, it seems you have this tendency to go down these rabbit-holes of dreams, that never come to fruition. You are surrounded by a cloud of failure, as nothing seems to work out the way you like it. Why is that?

  16. Kurkosdr wrote, “Yet Pog thinks it’s prudent to go the high-risk route of pre-ordering it from a weedy Chinese manufacturer with no street cred at an overpriced sticker price.”

    Quit repeating this lie. I didn’t preorder any motherboard. I don’t recommend that unless one wants to donate to the maker. That’s a reasonable way of participating without moving to China.

  17. Kurkosdr says:

    LMAO, so let me get this straight, you prepaid for this POS and still have YET to receive a product.

    Preorders to small companies: While everybody else is eating the lunch they bought, you paid to look at an empty plate for months.

    But Pog’s preorder has the distinction of not being for something new and exciting like a new VR thingie, a dirt-cheap superphone (alá OnePlus), a smart drone or some other neat gadget. It’s just a GNU/Linux board with a PCI-E slot (though I am not entirely sure about the PCI-E thing). Seriously, a GNU/Linux board. A board meant to boot GNU/Linux. Gee… We are talking about something as commoditized as the anti-stick frying pan here. Yet Pog thinks it’s prudent to go the high-risk route of pre-ordering it from a weedy Chinese manufacturer with no street cred at an overpriced sticker price. And I thought my decision to buy a 2015 Bravia for 560 pounds because it has 3D, in an era 3D is dying, was a questionable decision. At least I get to shoot 3D pictures with my LG Optimus 3D and see them on the TV, so it is in a way unique and cool. Pre-ordering an overpriced Linux board with broken PCI-E from LeMaker? Nah…

  18. dougman wrote, “you prepaid for this POS and still have YET to receive a product”.

    I did not prepay for either board. I am seriously considering prepaying for the Solo EV. That’s a gamble but I would not have to pay full price to reserve a slot in production. Limited production is risky but it could have some value to have a rare automobile. Perhaps I could use it to “pick up” chicks… Oh, no that wouldn’t work… 🙁 Anyway. I expect it will be fun/new/different to drive and low maintenance.

  19. dougman says:

    “The LeMaker Cello main board is scheduled to ship in Q2 of 2016.”

    LMAO, so let me get this straight, you prepaid for this POS and still have YET to receive a product. Man they saw you coming, and yet again, you are about to pre-pay for another FAKE board and wait another half a year, while feverishly receiving emails on excuses for delays.

    Ye sucker!

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