Several European Countries to Follow Norway’s Lead, Ban Fuel-Powered Cars

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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.

More on Norway’s electric car ruling.

After 2025 Norway Will Only Allow New Electric Vehicles

Electra Meccanica about to go SOLO

Jerry Kroll doesn’t need to look hard for inspiration.

Nor for a road map in rolling out Electra Meccanica, the Vancouver-based electric vehicle company of which he serves as President and CEO.

“We’re looking at all facets of what Tesla has been doing, including marketing, because it works,” Kroll said during an interview conducted in the open concept, second-floor boardroom of the company’s False Creek headquarters.

In that spirit, the four initial Electra Meccanica retail stores — in Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle and Manhattan — will take a page from the Tesla playbook.

Said Kroll: “Each store will have a chassis on display so you can see the guts, just like Tesla does everywhere but Vancouver.”…



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Electra Meccanica Partners with Canadian Racer Scott Hargrove


Vancouver, BC. (March 8, 2016) – Electra Meccanica is pleased to announce its partnership with Canadian racecar driver, Scott Hargrove. Electra Meccanica’s new SOLO is the smartest commuter car on the planet. The fully electric single seater is aimed towards reducing congestion, air pollution, driver fatigue and operating cost. Hargrove is providing his technical knowledge to help develop the SOLO’s design and handling characteristics through his company RaceEnergy Performance and in addition promoting the future of efficient commuter travel at 2016 Indy Car events.

In 2016, Hargrove is competing with Team Pelfrey in the ultra-competitive Indy Lights series, starting the year off with a podium finish in St. Petersburg, Florida. While working his way towards Indy Car, Hargrove won the 2013 USF2000 championship and finished runner up in the 2014 Pro Mazda championship. Hargrove also won the 2014 Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup in his first year of sports car competition. The next rounds of Indy Lights competition are at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama on April 22nd and 23rd.

“I am proud to be part of the partnership with Electra Meccanica as it is a very exciting opportunity,” said Canadian born Hargrove. “I have been interested in Electric Vehicles for some time and to be part the development team for the next generation is an honor. Adding their support to my 2016 Indy Lights campaign and helping promote the concept of competing in Electric Vehicles is a bonus.”

The partnership will see Hargrove develop the SOLO’s handling characteristics on the racetrack. RaceEnergy Performance will provide trackside support and innovations to make the SOLO a performance winner.

Electra Meccanica Vehicles CEO Jerry Kroll commented, “Electric performance vehicles like ours will find their best developments through racing. Scott and his company continue to be a major contributor to Electra Meccanica, and we’re excited to join him on his 2016 journey to an Indy Lights Championship and beyond.”

Scott’s fans can follow the action live on, the Verizon IndyCar app and by delayed television on NBC Sports in the US and Sportsnet in Canada.

About Electra Meccanica: Over 80% of people commute by themselves in large, fossil fuel cars. Everyone complains about traffic congestion and global warming, yet they continue to do the same thing and expect the situation to change by itself. This is the essence of Electra Meccanica, and why we believe that all those one person commuters will switch to the small footprint and zero emissions of the EMV Solo. We all have so much to gain by doing so, and it’s really a fantastic car when you get behind the wheel. With the current public demand for electric cars, and smaller cars that can easily navigate our crowded urban streets, the EMV Solo is probably one of the most anticipated new cars today. Visit Electra Meccanica today at

About RaceEnergy Performance: From DIY to professional race teams, RaceEnergy Performance design and manufacture a diverse range of high quality products with Aerospace Electronics & CNC Machining resources behind us. Visit our website at

For more information about Scott Hargrove, visit his website at and keep up to date via Instagram & Twitter @Scott_Hargrove and on Facebook at

Join Us to Watch Formula 1 Racing | Russian Grand Prix Viewing

Russian Grand Prix – Sunday, May 1
Doors Open at 4:30 am – Breakfast is On Us!

We want to thank all of the motorsport enthusiasts that joined us on April 16 to watch a thrilling Chinese Grand Prix.

Next stop for the F1 World Championship is the Sochi Autodrom, located in the Black Sea resort area that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics.  We will be showing all of the weekend’s Formula 1 race at our Vancouver headquarters. Our doors will be open at 4:30AM, giving you plenty of time to enjoy coffee and a light breakfast while you settle in for the  Russian Grand Prix at 5:00 AM. If you’re an EV owner, a Formula 1 fan or are just curious about either, we’re inviting you to stop by, watch the race and network with other car enthusiasts.

About the Sochi Autdrom:
The 5.85 kilometre circuit is located within Sochi’s Olympic Park and winds its way around many of the spectacular venues that were built for the 2014 Olympic Games.
It has a seating capacity of 55,000 and varies from 13 metres at its narrowest point to 15 metres at the start-finish line. Running in a clockwise direction, the layout consists of 12 right-hand and six left-hand corners, combining both high-speed and technical sections. On their first visit to the track, Formula One cars reached 332 km/h on the 650-metre straight between the first and second turns.  The lap record of 1:40.071 was set by Sebastien Vettel in 2015.

First Grand Prix: 2014
Number of Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.85 km
Race Distance: 309.75 km

Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and automotive technology. The series features the world’s best racing drivers, driving the fastest, most technically advanced racing cars on the world’s most prestigious circuits.

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Students Visit Electric Car Startup in Vancouver

jerry and students

On a tour of the Electra Meccanica workspace in March 2016, NYIT-Vancouver M.B.A. students saw up close how the startup’s CEO Jerry Kroll is seeking to drive people to buy his electric cars, which only seat one person, making them smaller and better for the environment. The site visit of Kroll’s company included students in NYIT’s MGMT 725 Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation course taught by Devrim Birlik, adjunct instructor in the School of Management.


Birlik’s course covers all aspects of building a venture from scratch, from identifying market prospects to refining a business model to raising capital.

“This site visit experience was a good opportunity to see how real businesses are set up and run as a team through the work of different departments,” said M.B.A. student Sutha Ganesh.

Kroll shared his leadership insights and commitment to making a sustainable product. He discussed the value of electric cars produced by his company and his thoughts on market opportunities within the automobile industry.

“Eighty-three percent of all commuters in North America drive by themselves in a four-person occupancy car for 60 kilometres or less each day” Kroll told M.B.A. students. “In Canada, that’s 14 million solo commuters.”

Four-person sedans weighing at least 1,000 kilograms expend lots of energy on the road, especially since they often only transport one person at a time. Electra Meccanica aims to reduce this waste by making more sustainable cars. The company is currently building prototypes for the “Solo,” its new single-occupancy electric car with two front wheels and one rear wheel, and a maximum speed of 140 kilometres per hour.

“Our cars make fantastic use of Canadian technology with a worldwide export potential,” added Kroll. “Because the vehicle is single occupancy, you wouldn’t have to move the steering wheel to the other side of the car to sell it in England, Japan or Australia. It’s truly a global car.”

Kroll advised the students to focus on finding a market fit for their business products. His advice resonated with the group.

“We gained much useful information about the company’s business strategy,” said M.B.A. student Pavla Hlozkova. “Kroll’s approach to sustainability in manufacturing means a lot nowadays, and having a competitive advantage in the market is important for his business. Now I see how the theoretical knowledge from NYIT’s Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation course is applied to a real business.”

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Join Us to Watch Formula 1 Racing

Chinese Grand Prix – Saturday April 16
Doors Open at 10:30 pm – Dinner is On Us!

We want to thank all of the motorsport enthusiasts that joined us last Sunday for breakfast and to watch a very exciting Bahrain GP.

Next stop for the F1 World Championship is the Shanghai International Circuit in China. We’ll once again be showing all of the weekend’s F1 Grand Prix race at our Vancouver headquarters. Our doors will be open at 10:30PM, giving you plenty of time to enjoy a “Chinese-themed” dinner and settle in for the Shanghai Grand Prix at 10:55 PM. If you’re an EV owner, a Formula 1 fan or are just curious about either, we’re inviting you to stop by, watch the race and network with other car enthusiasts.

About the Shanghai International Circuit:
The 5.4 kilometre racing track is shaped like the Chinese character ‘shang’, which stands for ‘high’ or ‘above’ and features stunning architecture throughout the course from the team buildings to the grandstand areas. The circuit is very technical with a variety of challenging corners and is demanding on both the drivers and their F1 cars. Its high speed straights provide for some great overtaking opportunities making for exciting racing! The lap record of 1:32.238 is held by Michael Schumacher (2004).

First Grand Prix: 2004
Number of Laps: 56
Circuit Length: 5.451 km
Race Distance: 305.066 km

Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and automotive technology. The series features the world’s best racing drivers, driving the fastest, most technically advanced racing cars on the world’s most prestigious circuits.

中国地区锦标赛 – 周六4月16号

下一站一级方程式锦标赛将会在中国上海举行。我们将会在我们的温哥华总部直播所有的一级方程式赛车锦标赛的所有比赛。 中国主题的晚饭将会在10:30分开始。 而中国上海锦标将会在晚上10:55开始。 如果你拥有一辆电动车,或者一级方程式车粉丝,我们非常欢迎你来参加我们的活动,和其他的汽车爱好者交流。
一级方程式赛道单圈长度为5.451公里,宽度12至18米。赛道整体造型犹如一个翩翩起舞的“上”字。它既有利于大马力引擎发挥的高速赛道,又具有挑战性、充分体现车手技术的弯道。目前单圈最快纪录是1分32秒238 (2004年,迈克尔·舒马赫,法拉利车队)
一级方程式赛车代表着当代赛车运动和汽车科技的顶峰。 在这次的锦标赛系列中,你将会看到世界上最顶级的赛车手,最快最高科技的顶尖赛车和世界上有名的赛道。

Chinese Grand Prix Viewing
April 16, 2016 : 10:30 PM – 1:00 AM
102 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
V5T 1A4

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: You will receive complimentary Meccanica branded apparel when you place your fully refundable $250.00 deposit to reserve your
2017 Alpha Series Solo – The Smartest Commuter Car On The Planet three-wheeler SOLO is coming in June, says Electra Meccanica CEO

by Fred Lambert

In blog post published this weekend, Electra Meccanica CEO Jerry Kroll said that the company expects to start production of its all-electric three-wheeler, the SOLO, in June and to start deliveries in the following months.

The automaker has some ambitious specs for the SOLO:

  • Top speed: 87 mph (140 km/h)
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds
  • Range: 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge
  • Charging time: 3 hours at 220v, 6 hours at 110v
  • Price: USD$15,000 (~CAD$20,000)

The range might be a bit optimistic considering the company plans to equip the vehicle with only a 8.64 kWh battery pack, but the SOLO has the potential to have very low drag and Electra Meccanica is aiming for it to weight only 450 kg (~1,000 lb).

In his post, Kroll added that about 50% of the company’s first year of production  is already sold out and that if someone was to place a reservation right now, the person shouldn’t expect to take delivery before November.

Las month Electra Meccanica gave us a sneak peek of the SOLO’s chassis.

All-electric three-wheeler SOLO is coming in June, says Electra Meccanica CEO

Solo – “Coming Soon To A Road Near You” by Jerry Kroll, CEO

We are pleased to reach out and share our most recent developments in this latest newsletter! In the last several months, our company has continued on its inexorable march to finalizing the design of and starting to build our exciting all-new Solo, our game-changing single user electric car built here in BC’s Lower Mainland.

March, in particular has been a hotbed of activity for us.  Several key milestones have been met this month, including the completion of our first aerospace-grade composite chassis.  We successfully built out this chassis and featured it at the 2016 Vancouver International Auto Show alongside one our prototypes which was highlighted by CBC news as one of the “jaw-dropping” cars of the show.

At the show, our booth generated amazing interest from consumers and we were able to sign up 170 new car enthusiasts for test drives and take an additional 8 deposits for our 2017 Solo .  I am very pleased to say that we already have almost 50% of our first year’s production pre-sold to a very enthusiastic community of consumers eager to get into their Solos and enjoy the experience of driving this innovative vehicle which is really like nothing on the road today.

Moving forward, our plan over the next few months is to build out several completed Solos for testing and tuning. After this phase, we will alert our reservation holders and all of our 500+ strong list of consumers that requested test drives to scheduled opportunities to test drive an all new Solo, finalize their purchases or take new orders from consumers that have not yet purchased one.  We are targeting June 2016 to begin building our production cars and begin delivery of those vehicles in the months that follow.

We are taking fully-refundable $250 deposits both online and in person at our showroom.  This deposit secures you one of our 120 limited edition Alpha Series Solos. Right now we are booked until November 2016, so if you have your eye on one and want to get one this year, you should act fast and reserve it by putting down a deposit!