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.