VANCOUVER — ElectraMeccanica (EM) revealed a version of its Solo three-wheeled electric vehicle (EV) targeting commercial customers at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif., last week.
Input from prospective commercial and fleet customers guided development of the Solo Cargo, EM said. It is stretched slightly and replaces the standard Solo’s hatchback with an expanded cargo area with eight cubic feet volume.
EM said the Solo Cargo is an ideal choice for congested urban environments, offering a smaller footprint — about 53 inches (134 cm) tall and approximately 123 inches (312 cm) long — than a conventional cargo vehicle. Other advantages include lower costs for things such as registration, daily operation and insurance, being classed as a motorcycle in most U.S. states, the automakers said.
The consumer version of the Solo is being marketed as a commuter vehicle and runabout.
“Similarly, there are a wealth of light fleet, business, and commercial applications where single occupants dominate,” said EM president Paul Rivera.
“From fast food franchise delivery and pizza delivery, to grocery delivery, small parcel and post, to tech repair and security firms, the Solo Cargo EV is the ideal solution to help companies minimize operational costs and maximize efficiency.”
Additional third-party options are available such as warming and cooling elements for food delivery, strobe lighting and customized lighting for municipalities and security applications. Locked boxes, along with shelves and bins, are also possible add-ons, EM said.
The Solo Cargo EV has a range of 100 miles (160 km) and a top speed of 80 mph (129 km/h), making it useable on freeways.
EM is producing the Solo in China but also building an assembly plant in Mesa, Ariz. The United States is its primary market but there are plans to expand to Europe, Asia and eventually Canada, where it must pass more stringent crash standards because it’s classified as a car.
EM did not release its suggested retail price for the Solo Cargo but noted selling prices will vary depending on options commercial customers might want. The current price for the consumer version is US$18,500.
The company also would not disclose whether it had any advance orders nor what percentage of total Solo sales it expected Cargo to make up.