We are now only 2 days away from the grand introduction of the beautiful 2017 Electra Meccanica SOLO! After many years of development and hard work, I’m here to tell you that the results are nothing short of spectacular. I’m so proud of our Team!
If you are in the Vancouver area, you can visit us this Saturday and Sunday at the Luxury & Supercar Show, where we will be pleased to show you the SOLO in real life! On Saturday, September 10th at 3:30 pm, a special live auction of the VERY FIRST Electra Meccanica SOLO will take place, with the proceeds benefitting Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital, which is a favourite charity of the Supercar show. SOLO #00001 will be the first vehicle to be auctioned off during this prestigious event. If any of our existing SOLO reservation holders wishes to make a winning bid for the first car produced, we will be pleased to move your order, and colour, up to that position. And you will have a genuine collector car for sure!! Should this opportunity be of interest to you, please contact either myself or Lorenzo. We can assist in taking your bids by phone.
If you are not in the Vancouver area, you can watch the Official SOLO unveiling on our website (www.smallev.com) this Friday. It’ll still be exciting!
SOLO Compliance Certification has already begun, and we’ll inform the SOLO world as the process continues for the US, Canada, Europe and elsewhere. Deliveries to customers are expected to commence before the end of this year, and I’m hoping for significant numbers within the next 12 months. SOLO is as much fun to build as it is to drive!!
I hope you all enjoy the next week and share the excitement with your family and friends.
Jerry Kroll, CEO
The first time you take ANY car to the track, you never push hard hard. Its more of a systems check. When you have multiple spare cars, parts, etc., then you can push harder, but gradually and in a system. No “Cowboys” allowed on the test track, that’s only in the movies.
The SOLO drove like a Champ on Saturday afternoon, and did a 1:46 lap in its first session at Mission Raceway in British Columbia, and then dropped 3 seconds to a 1:43.3 in its second session. All systems were nominal, and we have a solid baseline of performance. I was driving at 70% the whole time.
As a comparison, the only other cars out there were race prepped “Fast and Furious” type cars with slick tires, doing between 1:25 and 1:33 by our clocks, so SOLO is at the fast side of showroom cars already.
A pdf of track times will be posted as soon as the track sends it to us.
We are just over a month away from the Public Launch of the 2017 Electra Meccanica SOLO on September 9th, and our first series of cars, the “Signature Series” has already been over-subscribed! Myself, Henry Reisner, and the entire Electra Meccanica team have autographed plaques that will be tastefully installed in each of our first cars, as a memento of our hard work and passion. Initially thinking 120 would be enough, (we’re already at 135) we will extend it to a maximum of 1,000. Based on our current order rate, we should still have some available by Launch date September 9th. All four colours are available in the Signature Series, and its kind of nice to see who was involved in designing, engineering and building your cool car. And the EMV Team is thrilled to be recognized in this way too.
I have been thoroughly testing the SOLO chassis on the streets and on closed courses over the past several weeks. I have even had a few professional race car drivers put the SOLO chassis through it’s paces, with glowing reports. The brakes are incredible. The ride is smooth, the handling is crisp, and the power is robust without being crazy. And there is something sublime going on with the ride of this car, which is as hard to put into words as the feeling that champagne bubbles give to your tongue. When you drive SOLO, you’ll know what I mean and I challenge you to articulate it! $500 from me to the person who nails it!!
If you have your SOLO reserved, I thank you for your order, support and interest in making a change to the roads of the world. If you’re still just thinking about it, go online and put in your refundable $250 now. I have a feeling that our online order system is going to explode during our September 9th launch, as the media picks up on the story. I have a personal expectation number of SOLO orders that I want to see after our September 9, 10 and 11 weekend, but I’ll tell you what it is afterwards.
If you’ve been sitting on a deposit for some other car that hasn’t yet arrived, and there are many of you in the United States, please email us a copy of your reservation today, and we’ll put you in line for a SOLO and honour your deposit as a discount for up to $1,000.00 It seems like both a fair and proper way to get people onto Team SOLO. Finance rates have been quoted to us as around $75 bi-weekly, which is amazing, especially if you consider that you’re not buying/burning gas anymore!
Jerry Kroll, CEO
Affording a SOLO is easier than ever!
As part of the introduction of the 2017 SOLO, we are pleased to announce that new customers and existing reservation holders will be able to apply for Electric Vehicle Special Financing. Now, SOLO owners can cover the purchase of their vehicle in installments as low as $75 biweekly!
Available upon delivery of your SOLO, our Electric Vehicle Special Financing offers refreshing control over your mobility and finances. For the transit rider ready to shred their bus pass, or the commuter eager to spend less on a new EV than they do now on gas, there’s never been a better time to go SOLO.
After many years of hard work, planning and engineering, we will be introducing the all-new 2017 Electra Meccanica Solo on Friday, September 9th, 2016!
The Public Introduction of the EMV Solo will be a feature of the 2016 Luxury & Supercar Weekend, at Vancouver’s beautiful Van Dusen Botanical Garden, located at 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. Passes for this event (September 9th, 10th & 11th) are available by contacting us at EMV. EMV member passes are $50.00 each, and deluxe passes are $100 and include food and beverages. http://www.luxurysupercar.com
Solo Reservation Holders, Electra Meccanica Shareholders and other VIP guests will also be invited to a special “Sneak Preview” on Thursday, September 1st, at a secret location near Vancouver to be revealed to those of you who give us your RSVP for that event. You’ll be able to say that you saw the Solo a week before the rest of the world did!
To mark the occasion, we have produced an exclusive new red, white and black Solo windbreaker from our friends at Champion Systems. Order your collectible jacket online by July 22nd and it will be ready for pick up at the September 1st sneak preview or the public introduction. It’s a good way to see who is on Team Solo at the Intro Event! Wear your colours!!
Our website and news-emails will be very active from now up to launch time, so make sure you’re signed up at www.electrameccanica.com, and let your friends and family know to follow the journey as well. An exciting image gallery has just been added to our website.
I am SO excited to get these cars into your hands, and I wish I was talented enough to do this all by myself, but that is FAR from the case. Ed, Henry and our entire Electra Meccanica team have designed and are now producing nothing less than a revolutionary motor vehicle. They will all be at the Solo Introduction and Sneak Preview, so make sure you go up to them and congratulate them!
See you soon!
Jerry Kroll, CEO
Next Thursday, July 7th, Electra Meccanica is holding a housewarming get-together at our new SOLO assembly facility. Located at 47 Braid Street in New Westminster, this latest operational expansion will soon become the beating heart of the SOLO project, producing B.C.-made, zero-emission vehicles for Canada and beyond.
We’re inviting you to come by between 2:30 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. for an exclusive peek at our new facility. Enjoy light refreshments, mingle with future SOLO owners, and get a tour of the facility from the engineers and staff who, with your help, will change the face of urban commuting.
Canada’s first all-electric, single passenger commuter vehicle has passed a major milestone this week, successfully completing a test of its chassis.
More than a hundred investors, reservation holders and dignitaries were on hand to witness the Electra Meccanica Solo’s production test run on a closed performance circuit.
“Today’s first track test of the Electra Meccanica Solo is the result of the incredible hard work and determination by our engineering team,” said Electra Meccanica’s CEO, Jerry Kroll. “We are now one step closer to bringing the first Canadian designed and built production electric vehicle (EV) to the world.”
The Solo wowed the attendees with its advanced composite frame that provides substantial strength and rigidity, while weighing just over 17kg (38 lbs.)
Not only is the Solo light, it’s fast. During the test, the vehicle clocked a 0-100kph time of 8 seconds and reached a top-speed of 120km/hr without compromising handling.
“Because our engineering team’s speciality is building world-class sports cars, we focused on applying what we’ve learned over the last 50 years to the Solo,” said Chief Engineer Henry Reisner. “The batteries are slung low along the frame of the car so as to create and extremely low centre of gravity, providing excellent handling.”
While Mr. Kroll had the honour of the maiden voyage, test driver Dr. Robert Tarzwell put the Solo through its paces on the track. “This vehicle is going to make people very happy when driving it, you really feel that it has a solid presence and it’s incredibly responsive and engaging, ” said Tarzwell.
The event was a precursor to the upcoming launch of the full production Solo in July of this year. To date, more than 100 individuals have put down a $250 deposit to purchase a Solo, on top of the more than 20,500 commercial orders the company has received.
About Electra Meccanica
Electra Meccanica is a developer and manufacturer of innovative electric vehicles that is proudly Canadian and located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Electra Meccanica combines founder Jerry Kroll’s extensive background in the sustainability sector with InterMeccanica Custom Coach Builders’ more than 50 years of experience building high-quality, specialty vehicles. With the release of their first production vehicle later this year, the Electra Meccanica Solo, the company aims to put an EV in everyone’s driveway by making ownership simple, fun and affordable.
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Following plans by the government of Norway to ban cars fueled by petrol or diesel by 2025, several other countries in Europe are formulating similar programs to phase out fuel-powered transportation. Moreover, sources close to the European Parliament say that once multiple member states pass such a ban as is expected later this year, the European Union will attempt to enforce these rules throughout its territory.
In Sweden, the office of Åsa Romson, minister for the environment and co-spokesperson for the Green Party, released a statement saying that a ban on the internal combustion engine is a necessary step to reduce pollution and carbon emissions. In Sweden, only about 3% of electricity production comes from fossil fuels, and plans made by the Persson cabinet in 2005, Making Sweden an Oil-Free Society, already call for a phaseout of the use of oil for heating. The Löfven cabinet has nowhere else to cut in its program to make Sweden a carbon-neutral society by 2050. The Social Democrats-Green minority government is expected to work with the more moderate parties in the opposition Alliance; the Centre Party has already endorsed the move, but the Liberals have yet to make a statement.
In France and Germany, the ban is expected to be far more contentious. Auto manufacturers in both countries have condemned the moves by their respective governments to ban the internal combustion engine, saying that it would make the economy less competitive. European automakers have lagged behind Japanese and American ones in both hybrid and all-electric car technology, as conventional European petrol and diesel cars already have high fuel economy. In response to so-called range anxiety, in which an electric car’s limited range may leave the driver stranded on the motorway, the Hollande administration is expected to pair the proposed phaseout with national investment into charging stations as well as additional investment into TGV lines, to make it easier to travel long distances in France without a car.
Demands by BMW and Volkswagen for Germany to commit to spending money on R&D for improved battery range and charging and battery swap stations on the highway network have run into budgetary problems. While Chancellor Angela Merkel is reported to be interested in implementing a phaseout, in order to attract Green support into a possible future grand coalition and reduce EU dependence on oil imports from Russia, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has openly rejected any package that would raise the budget deficit, and the allied Christian Social Union has rejected the proposed ban on principle. Opposition from far-right populist parties, including the Alliance for Germany (AfD) and France’s National Front (FN), is likely to be significant, and sources close to Hollande and Merkel say that both have ruled out tax increases to pay for the program.
In France the calls for a phaseout of the internal combustion engine are especially loud in the Paris region, where high levels of particulate pollution from diesel vehicles led to recent restrictions on car use. The mayor of Paris, the Socialist Anne Hidalgo, previously proposed to ban diesel vehicles from the city entirely, and has endorsed the state’s plans to phase out fuel-powered vehicles, adding that given Paris’s pollution crisis, a local ban on diesel vehicles should be implemented immediately. The president of the regional council, Valérie Pécresse of the Republicans (LR), is said to support the phaseout as well, and to push LR behind the scenes not to oppose it. Conversely, opposition from FN is especially acute. The party leader, Marine le Pen, quipped that France would not need any additional reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if it had not taken in non-European immigrants since the 1960s, and noted that the immigrants are especially likely to settle in Paris, where the problems are the most acute.
Elsewhere in Europe, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands are said to be considering a phaseout by 2030. Within Belgium, Saudi support of mosques preaching radical interpretations of Islam is said to have influenced the country’s liberal parties, the Francophone Reformist Movement (MR) and the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD), to support a phaseout. However, the Flemish nationalist parties remain opposed, and the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) issued a statement saying that this solution may work within Brussels but is inappropriate for Flanders. In contrast, the Netherlands is expected to pass the phaseout without any political problems. In Switzerland, a referendum is planned for next year, and early polling suggests that it is supported by 55-60% of the population.
Governments outside Europe are said to be watching the development closely, especially in France and Germany, which are perceived as more reliable bellwethers of European opinion than Sweden. In Japan, home to the world’s top-selling electric car, the Nissan Leaf, political support for a phaseout appears high. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called climate change a “defining issue of our time,” and is working on a national infrastructure plan. Sources close to Abe say it will pair subsidies for so-called city cars, short-range electric vehicles, with investments into the country’s rail network outside major metropolitan areas, to make it easier for people living outside the biggest cities to travel on public transport.
In the US, both the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign refused to comment, saying that it is an internal European affair. However, sources close to the administration say that it is already planning to use the Environmental Protection Agency’s executive power to restrict the sale of new fuel-powered cars to emergency needs. The sources speculate that an executive order is planned for shortly after the presidential election this November, provided Clinton wins, in order to avoid creating backlash among key swing constituencies, including the automakers and the exurban lower middle class. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign’s response is unprintable.