By William Wong, Technical Editor
If you’re on the hunt for a personal electric vehicle, check out Electra Meccanica’s Solo (see photo). The company will be showing it at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. This three-wheeled car has a 100-mile range with a top speed of 137 mph, although it has a governor that limits it to 82 mph. You’ll need to check out the firm’s racing car to see it go faster. As is, it will do 0 to 60 mph in less than 8 sec. courtesy of an 82-horsepower, AC synchronous motor that generates 128 ft.-lb. of torque.
The car looks like those seen in many humorous commercials where their back end is sliced off. The front two wheels are visible, but the third is effectively hidden by the streamlined body. The chassis is made for lightweight composite materials. The car weighs in at 1,380 lb.
The battery takes about three hours to charge with a 220 V connection, and twice that for a 110 V outlet. The battery is a 16.1 kWh lithium ion. The 15-in alloy wheels have all-wheel disc brakes.
The overall dimensions are 122-in. by 53-in. by 52-in., making parking in a conventional spot trivial. It has a front and rear trunk with a total storage space of 285 liters. Air conditioning is optional. It comes standard with an AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth/CD/USB support. It has remote keyless entry and a rear-view backup camera. Of course, side and forward visibility is excellent.
The price for the Solo? Only $15,500. The company is taking orders now, with delivery expected by the end of the year.