A few lucky VIPs and reservation holders will get a much more exclusive view on September 1, 2016 at official unveiling.
There's a new gun in town joining Canada's relatively small 3-wheel vehicle segment, and the 2017 Electra Meccanica Solo is sure to turn heads when it's first shown to invitees on September 9, 2016.
While the Polaris Slingshot is a U.S.-made 3-wheeler (well now with 4-wheel upgrade), the Can-Am Spyder happens to be made in Canada and has some competition from the new pure-electric Solo. The Solo is Canadian-made through-and-through by Vancouver-based Electra Meccanica.
The company has been around for 15 years, but a lot of significant announcements regarding the Solo have come in the last few weeks, not the least of which is the vehicle unveiling, which will happen at the 2016 Luxury & Supercar Weekend in Vancouver. A few lucky VIPs and reservation holders will get a much more exclusive sneak peek on September 1, 2016.
Renderings of the Solo show a 3-wheeler that's bound to be polarizing, due to a body that goes from wide up front to extremely narrow at the back. Of course, this is a one-seater, so with no rear seats and only one rear wheel, it makes sense the car would look the way it does.
The Solo is no slouch when it comes to acceleration. The vehicle's 82 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque help it go from 0-100 kilometres per hour in eight seconds according to the company, although you'll probably want to stay out of the passing lane on the highway, as speed tops out at just 120 km/h.
Pricing for the Solo starts at $19,888 in Canada, and that gets you power windows, Bluetooth connectivity, CD player and USB output, remote keyless entry, and a rear view backup camera. Air conditioning is optional though, and will cost about $1,000 extra.
The company also just announced that financing is now available for the Solo, and it can be had for as low as $75 bi-weekly. Electra Meccanica says it can ship the vehicle to just about any country, so if you aren't Canadian, you're not necessarily out of luck.
The Solo is set to be released before the end of the year, and there are initial plans to produce 120 "Alpha Series" models. If the regular Solo doesn't pique your interest, you may be more interested in the sportier-looking Super Solo rendering in our attached gallery. The company says this high-performance vehicle is "just around the corner."
Source: Electra Meccanica