Well, they wouldn’t sell me one and now they’ve published a manual. So, I will never buy one. Key takeaways:
- “The vehicle will not operate at ambient temperatures below -4°F (-20°C).” Give me a break. This is Canada. We go months below -20ºC. How could this be a commuter-car in/near Winnipeg? They say they have a battery management system with both heating and cooling but it can’t handle winter???!
- “Do not operate the SOLO on snowy or icy roads.”!!!
- “The combined weight of the driver, cargo, and any non-factory-installed equipment must never exceed 287 lb (130 kg).”!!! I weigh 250 lb these days. This means I should not use this vehicle to buy groceries, tools, fertilizer or fetch deer/firewood/mushrooms/fruit etc. It’s useless to me!
- “Always perform the pre-drive inspections before each drive.” What? What commuter checks the tires, looks for leaks and loose bolts for every trip? EM’s list has 7 points including crawling along the underside looking for leaks. Is this a car upon which you can depend or an unreliable piece of junk?
- Maintenance… We all know EVs have less maintenance than those infernal combustion engines, right? EM wants their car serviced every 10000 miles.
- Is this a car or a motorcycle? “In summary, while the SOLO is generally safer than a typical motorcycle, it presents a greater risk of injury or death compared to a contemporary automobile.” According to EM, it’s an improved motorcycle. Why didn’t they say that from the beginning???
- Specs: “Up to 100 mi (160 km) range 220V: 2.5 hrs 0-80%, 4 hrs 0-100% est* 120V: 12 hrs 0-80%, 15 hrs 0-100% est* 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h): 12 seconds est* 80 mph (130 km/h)”. Why did they say for years that it could charge in 6h at 120V? Anyone who could do math new that was not possible. The kilowatt-hours just did not compute.
So, while I am glad they’ve finally told the truth. I am so disappointed they did not make the car all it could be when they said that’s what they were doing for all those years and versions….