ElectraMeccanica to Build EVs in the Arizona Desert

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
electrameccanica to build evs in the arizona desert

ElectraMeccanica is the latest vehicle manufacturer to set up shop in Arizona, breaking ground on a 235,000 square foot facility. The assembly and manufacturing plant includes a research center and lab on 18 acres near the airport in Mesa.

ElectraMeccanica can produce 20,000 electric vehicles (EVs) annually starting in Spring 2022, with a 200-500 employee workforce.

ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corporation is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with its US headquarters located in Studio City, California.

“Today’s groundbreaking marks a notable achievement for ElectraMeccanica,” said ElectraMeccania President and CEO Paul Rivera. “The new engineering, technical center and assembly facility will be a showcase for our vehicle lineup.”

“This facility will afford us with the physical and human capital we need to provide the U.S. retail and fleet market with a ‘made in the USA’ Solo EV.”

ElectraMeccanica’s Solo is a three-wheeled, rear-wheel-drive EV for urban dwellers. Made for environmentally-conscious consumers, the Solo is for a single occupant.

With a 53 horsepower electric motor and 94 lb-ft of torque, Solo’s 80 MPH top speed makes it highway safe, ElectraMeccanica said.

It will do 0-60 in 10 seconds, weighs in at 1,735 pounds, has a 17.3 kWh battery, and a 2.5-8 hour charging time.

The Solo has a lightweight, aerospace chassis, front and rear crumple zones, side-impact protection, rear-view camera, and a roll bar.

Power steering, power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, a heated seat, and a Bluetooth entertainment system come standard.

The trunk is a nice feature, and the cargo area is carpeted.

Final judgment won’t come until we see the actual production vehicle, but it seems like a refined three-wheeler.

ElectraMeccanica is currently accepting pre-orders. $18,500 is the Solo’s MSRP.

[Images: ElectraMeccanica]

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  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.
  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)
  • Slavuta Must be all planned. Increase price of cars, urbanize, 15 minutes cities. Be poor, eat bugs
  • Sid SB Not seen a Core without the performance pack yet. Prefer the more understated look of the Core vs the Circuit, but both are great fun to drive.