Vancouver-based startup Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. has received its first production model of the its single-seat Solo electric vehicle, built at a factory in China.
The fledgling automaker in July 2017 signed a volume production deal with China’s Zongshen Industrial Group, which will eventually produce 75,000 Solo battery-electric vehicles for the electric vehicle startup.
The agreement calls for Zongshen, based in Chongqing, to produce 5,000 of the three-wheeled single-seat commuter vehicles in this year, 20,000 in 2019 and 50,000 in 2020.
The first of the vehicles arrived this week, Electra Meccanica said in a release.
“This first Solo will be extensively tested and delivered to its first customer, kicking off our efforts to begin delivering thousands of these cars to our patient reservation holders in September,” Electra Meccanica CEO Jerry Kroll said in a statement.
Electra Meccanica had been building small numbers of the Solo – asking price $19,888 – at its suburban Vancouver facility. It was producing about two vehicles per month, in house.
South of the border in May, the company won long-awaited U.S. certification of its vehicle and shipped its first unit to an unidentified customer in Los Angeles. In America, the Solo is priced at US$15,500.