Narcissist’s Dream Car

“Leona Green and her son Matt recently became the first customers to take home an Electra Meccanica SOLO, a single-user, three-wheeled vehicle made in the Lower Mainland. They spotted the prototype for the SOLO driving around town two years ago, as one of the company’s production facilities is in New Westminster.”
 
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In “The Martian” Matt Damon observed that being the only one on the planet permits one to be the centre of attention. The same is true of the Greens and their new Solo EV. They brought home the first one ever sold to a customer. They park it all day long outside their small business and it attracts attention.

There’s nothing like it on the road. It’s small, it’s efficient, it’s very green, and it’s theirs. I’m green with envy.

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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13 Responses to Narcissist’s Dream Car

  1. Grece says:

    should be making nearly 20 per month.

    With normal business hours, that’s one unit a day Robert. Just as “The Martian” is a fictional movie, so is your idea of obtaining this death-trap.

  2. DrLoser says:

    By the time they deliver 20 they should be making nearly 20 per month. It does get easier with practice, like lots of things.

    Lots of things, sure. Such as talking utter bollocks, and not subsequently admitting that you were talking utter bollocks?

    Keep an entry in your diary for December 31st, 2018, Robert.

  3. Grece wrote, “I am willing to bet, that they only get twenty or so produced come Dec 31st, 2018.”

    By the time they deliver 20 they should be making nearly 20 per month. It does get easier with practice, like lots of things. It’s also easier with revenue.

  4. Grece says:

    I am willing to bet, that they only get twenty or so produced come Dec 31st, 2018.

  5. DrLoser says:

    Kurkosdr wrote, “expected production is 2-10 cars per month”.

    For a month or two, maybe.

    Fine, Robert. Come back to us in a month or two and tell us we were wrong.

    No, why should we deny you the extended pleasure? Come back to us in six months and tell us we were wrong.

    No, let’s go the whole hog, why not? Come back to us on December 31st, 2018, and admit that you were a pitiful dupe.

  6. Grece wrote, “do you see Jerry driving a Bolo as his daily ride?”

    He’s personally driven a Solo thousands of km. He has multiple cars. He enjoys driving Solo. The Solo he drives is a company car.

  7. Grece says:

    On the notion of narcissism Robert, could you envision say, Steve Jobs driving one of these things? What about Bill Gates? Mark Zuckerberg…Jeff Bezos? Oh wait, perchance what about the next real-life martian Elon Musk??

    Joking aside, none of the people I mentioned, would be caught dead in such a toy. So the vision and proposition that you bring forth, of such an occurrence, is preposterous to say the least.

    Taking this idea of yours one step further, do you see Jerry driving a Bolo as his daily ride? Of course not, intelligent people have learned to never shit where they feed from.

  8. Grece wrote, “how much more business is derived from this vehicle purchase Robert? I expect zero, would be your answer.”

    Anything that gets that much attention and saves operating costs will boost the business. The objective is to make money, not to spend it. It’s free advertising and lower cost of operation.

    Grece also wrote, “nothing is stopping government from charging electric vehicle owners taxes, due to lost revenue in fuel surcharges”.

    That’s true, except that the proportion of EVs is still quite small and hardly worth taxing for a few more years. Where I live, two levels of governments tax gasoline. They also tax electricity but at much lower rates. I expect they will figure out ways to tax EVs too, first by sales taxes, which benefits buyers of Solo because of its lower cost compared to other EVs, then perhaps electricity, but so far there’s no way for them to identify usage for EVs. That would require chargers or EVs that talked to government. That will take a while to phase in. General taxation of electricity is a blunt instrument against EVs so I’m not going to worry about it. Grece can though.

  9. Grece says:

    They park it all day long outside their small business and it attracts attention.

    But yet, how much more business is derived from this vehicle purchase Robert? I expect zero, would be your answer.

    Additionally, people can say they save money from not have to buy hydrocarbons, but nothing is stopping government from charging electric vehicle owners taxes, due to lost revenue in fuel surcharges. California is planning on implementing this by 2020.

  10. kurkosdr says:

    I want to believe…

    We are talking about a man who thinks that the Leaf is not a safe car because of a certain small overlap test that even the Dodge Challenger didn’t succeed, yet he thinks a cobbled-together electric big wheel with a chassis weighting 18kg can be hit by a pickup truck and the driver won’t die.

    It’s called arteriosclerosis. Fat people tend to get it earlier than their thinner spouses…

  11. wizard emiritus says:

    I want to believe…

  12. Kurkosdr wrote, “expected production is 2-10 cars per month”.

    For a month or two, maybe. Jerry is doing bet-testing production and distribution. There’s no benefit to continuing longer. They will ramp up as soon as they want.

  13. Kurkosdr says:

    I’m green with envy.

    You should be. You funded this limited production run with your preorder money.

    Allow me to remind you again that the 4 year delivery date is the hyperoptimistic scenario (10 cars per month), and expected production is 2-10 cars per month.

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