Getting Solo EV Out There

See Ribbon-Cutting Event And Unveiling of Electra Meccanica Solo EV in Vancouver at Bentall CentreA display shop in a high traffic area of a big city is a good way to show off this pretty car. The video has >5K views so far, so I’m not the only one interested.

One feature of the car shown in the video is entry/egress. It’s different. One steps over a row of batteries from either side. It’s a different manoeuvre than the usual car, but one can quickly figure it out and adapt. It might be good for my flexibility… It looks like the smart people put one foot in/out and then move the rest of the body and trail one foot. Otherwise you have to get both feet through a narrow gap. I can do that. No one looked uncomfortable once they’d put the thing on their body.

Another difference not shown in the video is the wasted space under the hood. In an ICEd car, one has a 4-8 cyclinder noisey hot thing that takes up a lot of space and adds weight. In the Solo, the motor is tiny and gets its power by spinning really fast with lots of torque. That leaves room for two trunks, a front and rear, so one has quite a bit of space that’s about right for a single traveller/messenger/delivery-person/old guy like me… I hardly ever haul anything bigger than water bottles or groceries. I do like to carry some long firearms to and from the range/bush, however. I might have to go for shorter items. That’s OK. Deer, rabbits, and targets won’t mind a bit.

Something I’ve come to appreciate after planning some trips threading through public charging stations is the benefit of a smallish battery. The bigger electric cars need more powerful charging stations to get charged in a short period of time. The Solo can get a full charge in 6h from any old 120V outlet and 3h from 240V level 2 charging stations. That’s nice. It allows me to take a bit more time at a pit stop without wasting the whole day.

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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3 Responses to Getting Solo EV Out There

  1. ram says:

    Pity in Australia it would be classed as a motorcycle with the corresponding nightmare of licensing and registration. It would cost me less to hire a limo for a lifetime.

  2. oiaohm says:

    dougman I would not be too sure on that one. Monotracer crash data suggest its not the person in the small vehicle that might at risk in a crash. What happened quite a few times is the smaller lighter vehicle of the Monotracer and up rolling up and over the vehicle that hit it and it was the vehicle that hit Monotracer had the most damage. Including one case where the monotracer ended up in a prime mover cabin.

    Depending on where the weight is hitting the solo nose on could be scary as it could flip over and have drive wheel come in to meet the driver of the vehicle that hit it.

    Bigger does not always mean safer dougman. Sometime the smaller items can be safe due to the reduced mass.

  3. dougman says:

    “In an ICEd car, one has a 4-8 cyclinder noisey hot thing that takes up a lot of space and adds weight.”

    My ICE’d 7.3L Diesel, tipping the scales at 9000+ lbs. will crush your little reverse BIG-WHEEL toy. Only whimps, city hipsters and cucks, will drive such a thing.

    “That’s OK. Deer, rabbits, and targets won’t mind a bit.”

    A deer will totally demolish that toy, if one decides to jump out at you. My deere tractor has far more torque in its front wheels then that go-kart.

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