First Delivery Of A Solo EV

“We are thrilled to be able to deliver our very first SOLO to a family right here in the Vancouver area,” said Mark West, President of Electra Meccanica. “We think it fits perfectly with their local healthy food business as an attention-getting, environmentally-friendly vehicle with enough storage for all of their daily needs.”
 
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It was a long time coming but the first buyer received their Solo last week and here’s the video of the sweet day. It’s not every day you get to watch the first of a great product delivered so this is historic. No matter what the evolution of EMV will be, this is a milestone many start-ups don’t reach no matter how good their concept is. Solo is a great concept, a reliable minimal car for commuting and errands using mature technology all held together by a bit of motivation and innovation. My delivery will not be so historic but I will make my own video on the day. I’ve already picked out the videographer…

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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16 Responses to First Delivery Of A Solo EV

  1. Grece says:

    I don’t quit living because bad things can happen.

    vs.

    When lightning is active, I stay inside a Faraday cage.

    Two rather contradictory statements, eh Robert?

  2. Kurkosdr wrote, “The non-crash-rated Solo will kill you in the event of a crash”.

    Lots of crash-rated vehicles kill people too. The lack of a crash-rating is not an issue for me. I could get struck by lightning or a meteorite but I don’t worry about it. I take precautions. When lightning is active, I stay inside a Faraday cage. When meteorites are forecast, I go out and watch for them. I don’t quit living because bad things can happen.

  3. Kurkosdr says:

    The fact remains: The non-crash-rated Solo will kill you in the event of a crash, which couldn’t even be your fault and somebody else crashes on you while driving his/her Supersized Urban Vehicle.

    But yeah, I guess you can plan against that.

  4. Grece wrote, “why in the hell are you trying to rationalize a cyclist versus an electric vehicle”.

    Both bicycles and Solos are legal vehicles. One requires a brain-bucket and the other has a comfortable padded cabin. Which protects the user more when a car strikes from any direction? The kinetic energy of the user matters but so does the energy of the impinging vehicle. Further, a cyclist is exposed to many other accidents compared to the driver of a Solo, like falling over or losing control of steering in loose material or having a pant-leg trapped in the chain or turning over forward. I’ve operated several vehicles and while a bicycle is light and handy, it’s just not very safe. That’s why helmets are required here.

  5. Grece says:

    There is plenty of protection compared to, say, a cyclist.

    As a physics guy Robert, you should be ashamed of yourself! Are you honestly trying to compare the mass of a cyclist to that of a mobility scooter!? Lets not leave out the velocity shall we?

    You’re an idiot!…totally ignoring the kinetic energy of both items

    Using some simple math, and assuming a 80kg biker moving at top-speed of 9 m/sec, gives you ~3240 joules.

    For the Bolo, 626kg for the vehicle, 90kg for the occupant (old people are fat Robert) moving at top-speed of 36 m/sec, creates ~479562 joules.

    That’s a 148:1 ratio!

    So again, why in the hell are you trying to rationalize a cyclist versus an electric vehicle, that travels at a far higher velocity and has way more mass Robert?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  6. Grece ranted about Tesla fires…

    “The car almost immediately exploded. Speckman, who was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent — nearly triple Indiana’s 0.08 percent limit — was killed by the crash, but 44 year-old Kevin McCarthy died as a result of the subsequent explosion and fire.”

    What do you think would have happened with a similarly-sized ICEd vehicle running into concrete? Further, Solo has a 16kWh battery and Tesla S has 60-85kWh. I’d say the Tesla is about four times more hazardous in such a situation for battery-capacity and about four times more hazardous due to the kinetic energy of such a large mass crunching people. I’d also suggest the deaths be chalked up to drinking alcohol in great excess rather than automobiles. Such drunks can also kill themselves falling down or drowning.

  7. Grece, recounting his own nightmare, wrote, “the single door gets crunched trapping the occupant inside”.

    Solo has two doors so an occupant is much more likely to be able to get out compared to someone in a larger crunched car where there is greater distance to the alternative doors. Also, if one needed assistance and two close doors could open, first-responders would have an easier job of it.

  8. Grece says:

    I’ve gone nearly 50 years with no major collision. What are the odds I’ll prang in the next decade or so? My insurance company thinks I’m a good risk.

    Don’t be so vain Robert, there are 500+ people ahead of your “delivery” and I wasn’t referring specifically to you. Additionally, sometimes it does not even involved the driver, it could be someone else that totals a Bolo.

    Something as simple as say, the single door gets crunched trapping the occupant inside, the motor and batteries short-out and start a fire, with the occupant trapped inside. Battery fires, in Li-ion batteries go up in flames very quickly due to thermal runaway and are a common occurrence.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/tesla-under-fire-after-explosive-crash-n722541

  9. Grece wrote, “The first one that gets into a serious accident, will leave people with a sour taste in their mouth. There is absolutely no protection, whatsoever, in that thing.”

    That’s a possibility but very unlikely. There is plenty of protection compared to, say, a cyclist. I’ve gone nearly 50 years with no major collision. What are the odds I’ll prang in the next decade or so? My insurance company thinks I’m a good risk. TLW OTOH is another matter…

  10. Grece says:

    The first one that gets into a serious accident, will leave people with a sour taste in their mouth. There is absolutely no protection, whatsoever, in that thing.

    All it will take is someone to careen into the backside of a truck, that has a high bumper. All it will take is one lawsuit to bankrupt, shutting the entire place down.

  11. Kurkosdr wrote, “let’s see how long it will take for them to deliver the second vehicle.”

    It’s probably already delivered. It was on the assembly line a couple of weeks ago along with the Green’s machine. The assembly line is designed for parallel processing up to four machines. That’s why I expect production rate to increase rapidly as they get practice. I used to work in a tractor-factory with a similar process. After a few days on the job everyone increased output. I was making lift-arms with a co-worker. We were like ballerinas we were so well choreographed. He would be welding on one side of the pipe and I on the other and we never bumped. The boss wanted 6 arms per shift. We started about 4 and reached 6 easily after a week or so of doing it. It’s like typing or tying shoes, practice helps a lot. Further, with a revenue stream however meagre, they will be able to attract further investment and/or hire more people and buy more parts. It’s all good. The lack of certification was holding them back artificially. Now they will be able to see what they can do.

  12. Kurkosdr says:

    Anyway, let’s see how long it will take for them to deliver the second vehicle. That’s when the real laughs will start…

  13. Kurkosdr wrote, “at a rate of 10 cars per month, it will take more than 3 years for your Solo to be delivered, that is if they don’t go bankrupt in the meantime.”

    That neglects the fact that they have a margin which covers costs. Further, one way or another, they will increase production. They were waiting for certification. Now they are in production. I expect the present facility will speed up with practice. A real revenue stream will allow expansion as will further investment.

  14. Kurkosdr says:

    You must be first man to be so happy for the fact he funded a Ponzi scheme. As I previously have said, even at a rate of 10 cars per month, it will take more than 3 years for your Solo to be delivered, that is if they don’t go bankrupt in the meantime.

  15. Grece wrote, “How can this be a delivery, when the customers picked up the vehicle?”

    “Delivery” does not imply transportation/freight. It means transferring ownership. Freight could be a part of that process but not always. I’ve often taken ownership of goods not on my property.

    Deliver: “To give or transfer; to yield possession or control of; to part with (to); to make over; to commit; to surrender; to resign; — often with up or over, to or into.”

  16. Grece says:

    How can this be a delivery, when the customers picked up the vehicle?

    Does the marketing person at EM have a damn brain?

    At the very least they could have driven the vehicle over unannounced, surprised them with it bow-tied and swapped the batteries for fully charged ones.

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