I drove a $15,000 three-wheeled, electric car around New York City — here's what it was like
- The Electra Meccanica Solo is a $15,000 all-electric three-wheeler, made in Canada.
- It can do 0-60 mph in about eight seconds, with a top speed of 82 mph and a range of 100 miles on a single charge.
- There is, however, just one seat.
Around 2010, there were numerous electric-vehicle startups on the landscape. Sadly, the financial crisis finished off most of them. Tesla survived, of course. But the dream of new carmakers died.
Or did it? A Canadian company, Electra Meccanica, got started in 2015 and recently began to deliver $15,000 examples of an all-electric three-wheeler to customers in the US (the firm is descended from an Italian maker of relatively obscure sports cars, Intermeccanica).
They asked me if I wanted to spend a few hours driving the Electra Meccanica Solo around Manhattan. Here’s how it went:
Behold! The wee Electra Meccanica Solo three-wheeler, a $15,000 vehicle so named because it has but one seat. Yes, it’s rather small.
Smaller, really, than the smallest car we’ve ever tested, the Smart Fourtwo.
Not an optical illusion: My hand is on top of the Solo. It’s ten feet long and four feet wide, according the company.
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