“The SOLO is just the latest in a series of innovative electric vehicle designs. Green Car Reports provides a nice discussion of electric cars along with their specifications. Listed here in order of increasing cost, electric cars that are available in 2017 include: – EMVC SOLO $15,500, 16 kWh battery, 100 miles (EPA), 150 MPGe, 60 kW motor
– Mitsubishi i-MiEV $23,845, 16 kWh battery, 59 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 49 kW motor
– Ford Focus Electric $29,995, 33.5 kWh battery, 115 miles (EPA), 107 MPGe, 107 kW motor
– Nissan Leaf $31,545, 30 kWh battery, 107 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 80 kW motor
– Fiat 500e $32,780, 24 kWh battery, 84 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 83 kW motor
– Kia Soul EV $32,800, 27 kWh battery, 93 miles (EPA), 105 MPGe, 81 kW motor
– Chevrolet Bolt EV $37,495, 60 kWh battery, 238 miles (EPA), 119 MPGe, 150 kW motor
– Mercedes-Benz B250e $40,825, 28 kWh battery, 87 miles (EPA), 84 MPGe, 132 kW motor
– BMW i3 $43,395, 22-33 kWh battery, 81-114 miles, 118-124 MPGe, 125 kW motor
– Tesla Model S $69,200-$135,700, 60-100 kWh battery, 210-315 miles (EPA), 98-104 MPGe, 234-396 kW motor”
See Charged Up: Electric Cars Are Morphing Into Many SpeciesI love the concept of the Solo. It’s clearly the most efficient people-mover of all the electric vehicles out there, if you are riding around by yourself. At 150 MPGe, Solo is a winner. That’s a combined rating. On the highway, I expect the difference might be even greater as the lower cross-sectional area causes less air-resistance. I want to pay to move me around, not air or empty seats.
On a personal note, yesterday, a relative drove a bunch of us out into the country for a family visit/Easter dinner. It was a very comfortable and speedy drive and the operator cared nothing for efficiency. We checked the average fuel economy and it was 19.4 MPG (CDN gallons – just 15 MPG US)… Even if you multiplied that by five for the passenger-count it was only 97 MPG per person. Maybe, next time, I should roll out a fleet of Solos for such a trip. Of course that would have excluded the one non-driver… 😉 The Solo is a great concept, the perfect car for many, but it’s not for everyone on every occasion. No car is that.