Electra Meccanica Solo EV Prepares For Takeoff

“I have just returned from China, where I toured the future home of our SOLO manufacturing facilities. We will initially use these facilities for mass production of parts — and eventually for complete cars beginning later this year and into 2018. Our Canadian production facilities in Vancouver are great, but they don’t have the capacity to fulfill the growing number of orders we will need to produce in a timely fashion, or the ability to ship them around the world in a cost-effective way.”
 
See CEO Report, February 2017 – Electra Meccanica
Well, it’s taking some time but the Solo is progressing. Building the production units in China makes a lot of sense. The parts come from there largely, so the assembly can be done there as well. Whatever gets my red hot “baby” to me as soon as possible…

They already have a year’s worth of production booked before Chinese production is linked in. With the interest in China of breathing clean air and generating solar power, the Chinese will be able to produce a lot of cars. No one should hold back their order on account of present low rates of production. Mine is still in the first 1000 cars. The Chinese will produce thousands in a month… That’s a lot of happy customers.

I’m happy already. I’ve planned how to ship mine back from Calgary if there’s no dealership in Winnipeg and I’ve planned lots of shorter trips in my neighbourhood and around my province. It’s all good.

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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10 Responses to Electra Meccanica Solo EV Prepares For Takeoff

  1. oiaohm says:

    Dumbass, why in the hell, would I have China perform a QA on a product? When an American company would be a more suitable choice?
    Did I say you had to perform the QA you are the dumb ass.

    China you have QC companies. You pay the QC company to make sure the product coming on the production line is solid. In fact the way it goes if the factory is not up to standard they are not paid by the QC for those parts so goes looking for some dumb ass to take those items.

    “Intertek does QM certification”. This show lack of understanding of the difference. Quality Manufacture certification has very limited meaning in china. All it means is when that company is doing work for a QC company that they can produce dependable results. Not that a QM certified companies will produce quality results if you don’t employ a QC company as well.

    So you use a QM company without a QC company your result might be bad. If you roll the dice that way it your problem.

    I was in charge of QM/QC on our rental products, due to our clients not wanting any down time.
    Legal in the USA not legal in China. Because in china the QM has independent employee to the QC and own to different companies.

    “quality certifications” on a item are all QC certifications. QM is mostly advertisement that they will work with QC companies.

    It really easy to screw up when dealing with china if you don’t understand the separation in job between QM and QC. You product can be good if you only have QC and no QM but you production could be bad if you only have QM and no QC.

    dougman at least now I understand the problem you had no clue in the difference of meaning you were thinking someone make by a QM certified maker would be good. QC that is inspect product that makes sure it a good product. QM making products to high QC specifications are allowed to sell the items that don’t pass to a QC taking a lower specification and so on and so on with quality degrading each step down until you get to suckers who don’t check for a QC.

    There are many chines companies government certified to perform QC to standard. In fact failure to document doing their job right is classed as attempted murder with firing squad as punishment. He dougman if you stuffed you QC job up would you be paying with it with your life. This is the thing about China the quality can be extremely good because the person signing off is also signing a death sentence if they are wrong. If you have not paid for a person like that of course quality is not dependable.

  2. dougman wrote, “I just installed a cycle stop valve and all the 1/4″ stainless fittings cross-threaded upon tightening”.

    I think USA/Canada are the only places on Earth that still use such antique measurements. I recommend solder fittings so there’s always a way… OTOH, my plumbing is mostly plastic. I have no idea why it doesn’t leak like a sieve. I have no leaks on the Chinese tractor for tubing/fitting oil, water, fuel lines. If you check, you’d probably find a lot of plumbing fittings sold retail are just fine and they come from China.

  3. Nice work, but are you so short of space that was necessary? I have more space than I know what to do with. TLW is trying her best to fill it up, though, so it’s no problem. I will send pictures of my alternator setup when it’s done. Weather is warming up tomorrow. I should be able to resume work.

  4. oiaohm wrote, “If a product produced in China and a produced produced in the USA have the same QC process the result is basically the same.”

    I can vouch for that. I bought NimH cells from two companies. One was junk and the other was solid. No doubt Electrameccanica will sort all that out in advance. They’ve been buying standard parts from China and the language is not a problem for them. Many Chinese live in Vancouver, many with business/family ties to China. BTW, the closest I have to a Chinese motorcycle is the rototiller. The engine/frame/transmission/wheel, you know, stuff that really matters, is absolutely solid. I can’t say the same for some of the wiring and controls, though. OTOH, if these guys have been successfully selling millions of motorcycles and remain in business they can’t be too bad.

  5. dougman says:

    “There are such things as QC companies in China.”

    Dumbass, why in the hell, would I have China perform a QA on a product? When an American company would be a more suitable choice?

    Intertek does QM certification on all sorts of products. At my last employer, before taking sabbatical. I was in charge of QM/QC on our rental products, due to our clients not wanting any down time.

  6. oiaohm says:

    Chinese manufacturing standards is sorely lacking in quality.
    dougman did you check the box for any of the quality certifications.

    http://www.chinalawblog.com/2014/10/five-keys-to-getting-good-quality-products-from-china.html
    There are such things as QC companies in China.
    http://www.globalsources.com/NEWS/SIC-verified-sourcing-QC-inspection-agencies-China.HTM

    The reality with China you pay for Quality Control or get junk. Lot of cases when ordering from a supplier in china you can request the product goes by one of the top 11 QC groups. If you don’t they reach into the thirds bin and give you that.

    The reality garbage is also made in the USA as well at times. But the difference between good and garbage is not like China where in can be that you failed to check a tick box.

    The key thing in China is the factory making something by law is not allowed to be the one issuing QC certifications. This makes a very big difference in operation if you have not paid for independent QC as sloppy work by law is not the factories problem its the QC group to stop.

    Most of the complaints about china is not understanding their processes. So this is dougman being a bigot again. If a product produced in China and a produced produced in the USA have the same QC process the result is basically the same. Is dougman saying that here have not be causes of USA companies failing to do proper QC?? If so pull head out sand. No matter where something made the quality of the QC is critical.

  7. dougman says:

    Here is a snapshot of my latest project.

    https://imgur.com/a/A54R8

  8. dougman says:

    Chinese manufacturing standards is sorely lacking in quality. The reason I know this, I just installed a cycle stop valve and all the 1/4″ stainless fittings cross-threaded upon tightening, or failed to seal even with liberal amounts of pipe doe and teflon tape. I had to make repairs using a tap and die, replace parts with American made stainless and some brass, then called the supplier and said to toss his entire lot of fittings as they are all junk! The supplier knew the fittings were bad, but sold them anyways. Asshats..

  9. dougman wrote, “Back from China and no pictures of said manufacturing plant? I smell BS.”

    Well all they have now is a letter of intent, not a done deal. I do know it’s a motorcycle manufacturer and there are a bunch of those in China making millions of units per annum. They are gearing up now to mass produce the parts. That should happen in 2017 with complete cars produced in China in 2018. Wouldn’t it be grand if my baby were made in China, eh?

  10. dougman says:

    Back from China and no pictures of said manufacturing plant? I smell BS.

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