ElectraMeccanica is shaking up its top leadership ranks as it prepares to deliver the first of its single-seat electric vehicles to customers.
The Vancouver-based start-up said Sept. 23 its chief operating officer Kevin Pavlov will take over for CEO Paul Rivera effective immediately.
“We are entering a critical inflection point in our company’s maturation from a formerly developmental stage start up to a scaled production enterprise,” Pavlov said in a release, adding that his background will assist with the transition.
Pavlov joined ElectraMeccanica in May, having come from luxury EV maker Karma Automotive. He previously held several senior management roles at Canadian parts supplier Magna.
The leadership shuffle ends a relatively short tenure for Rivera, who took the helm at the upstart EV maker from co-founder Jerry Kroll in 2019. He said he will aid in the transition while “moving onto new challenges deploying game changing technologies.”
ElectraMeccanica plans to deliver the first of its Solo EVs in California on Oct. 4.
Construction is ongoing on the Canadian-headquartered firm’s 235,000-square-foot (22,000-square-metre) manufacturing plant in Mesa, Ariz., which will eventually produce up to 20,000 of the single-seat vehicles a year. The company said it will pick up the pace on customer deliveries as it ramps up production.