Charging Ahead

SOLO Reservation (100% Refundable)
Color: Electric Red – Refundable Deposit $250
Wheels: Titanium Silver
Seat: Non Heated
AC: No Air Conditioning
Charger: Portable Turbocord Level 2 ($500)”

Well, I made up my mind and did it. I put down a deposit on my little red electric car. Now, all I have to do is live until Q1 2018 for delivery…

OK. So, I’m a little eccentric/avant garde/perhaps impractical, but this thing suits my lifestyle and I want one. I have a neighbour with a yard full of various vehicles and one is a small silver sports-car. I can have one too at a bargain price. Besides, the ARMed server board I’ve been lusting over is still not shipping… Meanwhile, Solo is shipping and I want to be in the queue.

UPDATE! I just got an e-mail from ElectraMeccanica. My Solo’s serial number is way under 1000! It’ll be a collector’s item for sure :-)… Now to buy some Turtle Wax™ and Chamois

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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13 Responses to Charging Ahead

  1. Kurkosdr wrote, “then you are not on borrowed time”.

    We are all on borrowed time. Dying is part of life. Dying is essential, to give room to younger and better specimens. Imagine a world where flies didn’t die…

  2. Kurkosdr says:

    “Done. The doctor says I have the heart of a 25-year old… He’s lying of course, but the BP, cholesterol, oxygenation, sugar, … are all under control. I don’t get enough exercise in winter but I can fix that. ”

    Good, then you are not on borrowed time. Drop that superstitious nonsense and enjoy life, and stop the practice of “pay now, acquire never” because you must supposedly get your hands on some thing before you die.

  3. Kurkosdr wrote, “if you are worried about dying, do regular blood tests and get your heart evaluated regularly”.

    Done. The doctor says I have the heart of a 25-year old… He’s lying of course, but the BP, cholesterol, oxygenation, sugar, … are all under control. I don’t get enough exercise in winter but I can fix that. Winter almost ended here last week. It’s making a feeble comeback today but in two or three weeks I should be able to hike all over. If I had my little electric car I’d be able to hike back and forth to the targets several days a week.

  4. Kurkosdr says:

    BTW Pog, if you are worried about dying, do regular blood tests and get your heart evaluated regularly, instead of growing all superstitious about living on borrowed time (because someone else with different habits and medical history died before you).

  5. dougman wrote, “You act like you already own it, and its setting in your driveway.”

    Such a pretty thought. It reminds me of a car my late father owned. It was an “Ambassador” (I don’t remember the year.), aqua in colour. He washed that thing like it was a baby. He waxed it so that it shone and beaded water. He finally sold it when it was old. A few years later he bought it back again because it was still beautiful. I’m feeling that kind of love for this car and I still don’t know whether my belly will fit or I will have to lose weight to put it on…

  6. dougman says:

    ” It is pricey but it should last me the rest of my life and it won’t break the bank at all. I expect it will have good resale value for my estate-sale if the kids don’t want it. ”

    You act like you already own it, and its setting in your driveway.

  7. dougman wrote, “Emotional rash decisions, are typically the worst ones to make.”

    Well, I did my due diligence. After that I don’t want to delay. I could have spent the rest of this month’s annuity on other things but I chose this little red wagon. It is pricey but it should last me the rest of my life and it won’t break the bank at all. I expect it will have good resale value for my estate-sale if the kids don’t want it. There are commuters amongst my kids. TLW could drive it too, after I’m dead. 😉

  8. dougman says:

    “That’s also why I’m in a rush to get in line…”

    Emotional rash decisions, are typically the worst ones to make.

  9. Kurkosdr wrote, “If they haven’t started deliveries to earlier depositors by summer”.

    My main worry is that I could die before the day. I’ve already outlived my father and feel I’m on borrowed time… That’s also why I’m in a rush to get in line…

  10. Kurkosdr wrote, “Have they finished R&D and have they gotten all the necessary approvals from the government?
     
    But hey, the deposit is refundable. If the company doesn’t fold, that is.”

    • Partners and CEO have been around for ages doing great things successfully. They are well-funded and smart.
    • I checked out Transport Canada regulations and the thing very likely qualifies as a Three Wheeled Vehicle as is. I don’t know how the certification is done for that. Perhaps their engineer just signs off on it as is done for architecture. If it has to go in for testing that could take a while but reading the regs, it doesn’t seem that they are into destructive testing. It’s more a checklist and minimum standards. The folks who designed the car are very familiar with these regulations. The standards are lower than typical automobiles but they still have energy-absorbing steering wheel, air-bags, seat-belts, lights, brakes, etc. specified.
    • R&D is finished except they have some winter-driving tests to do and perhaps some tweaks for certification. e.g. They changed the headlights. Sparrow had a single headlight. Now there are two.
  11. dougman says:

    I can 100% guarantee this will never bear fruit. You’ll be lucky if you get your money back.

  12. Kurkosdr says:

    BTW, I think I already know the answer but I ‘ll ask anyway: Have they finished R&D and have they gotten all the necessary approvals from the government?

    But hey, the deposit is refundable. If the company doesn’t fold, that is.

  13. Kurkosdr says:

    If they haven’t started deliveries to earlier depositors by summer, don’t expect to get yours by Q1 2018.

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