We haven't heard much news about new all-electric models, especially from independent carmakers in a while.
Now tiny Canadian startup automaker Electra Meccanica has announced that their tiny electric 3-wheeler has been certified for sale in the United States, and the first one has been delivered.
There was a day when a half-dozen or so startups were competing to make three-wheeled electric cars. They're easier to get certified, because they're considered motorcycles, and they're automatically eligible to drive in carpool lanes without a passenger.
The Electra Meccanica Solo is a single-seat electric with a 100-mile range from a 17.3-kwh lithium-ion battery pack. On a Level 2 connection, it can recharge in three hours. An 82 horsepower electric motor shoots it from 0-60 in 8 seconds and tops out at 68 mph.
Unlike many of the electric three-wheelers that preceded it (the Aptera and Corbin Sparrow come to mind), the Solo offers luxury features such as power windows and a heated seat. Its 10 cubic feet of cargo space is split between a front trunk and a hatchback behind the driver.
At $15,500 (US, $19,999 CAN) the Solo is cheap but not that cheap. Still, it should gain attention for its first U.S. customer who took delivery in Los Angeles. Electra Meccanica plans to sell 75,000 Solos in the U.S. in the next three years.
This article was updated to reflect the correct price, which is $15,500 US, and $19,999 Canadian.)