More and more startups are seeking to get into the electric vehicle space, joining traditional automakers in their much higher-budget pushes for electrification. That said, Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation is the latest company in this growing list of startups, as it announced today the new 2017 SOLO EV at the Luxury and Supercar Weekend at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Although the 2017 SOLO EV is not to be mistaken for a luxury car, nor is it a supercar in the traditional definition, it does stand out as impressive, as it is “purpose-built” for the daily commute. According to Electra Meccanica, about 80 percent of people use their personal vehicles for such a trip.

Given that most people drive less than 40 miles (60 km) in their daily commute, the SOLO’s 100-mile (160-km) range will ensure that most users will not need to charge it between their homes and their office.

The SOLO weighs in at less than a thousand pounds, and measures 120 inches, or about 14 inches longer than a Smart FourTwo and 19 inches shorter than a Fiat 500.

The car gets power by an electric motor that generates 82 horsepower and 140 lb/ft. torque. Performance figures are surprisingly agile for a car of its kind, as it goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. Its top speed, however, is only 80 mph, but Electra Meccanica claims that that should still allow for a “fun-to-drive experience” and “spirited driving on the open road.”

Despite its being a small vehicle, the SOLO comes with lots of cargo space within – that is 10 square feet (285 liters), or about the same cargo space as the Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe. Electra Meccanica claims that will allow enough room for an airplane carry-on bag or similar in front, and a large shopping cart or similar in the rear.

VANCOUVER, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 7, 2016: The 2017 ElectraMeccanica SOLO in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 7, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/ElectraMeccanica)
VANCOUVER, CANADA – SEPTEMBER 7, 2016: The 2017 ElectraMeccanica SOLO in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 7, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/ElectraMeccanica)

“The entire team here at Electra Meccanica is excited to unveil the SOLO at the Luxury and Supercar show,” said Electra Meccanica CEO Jerry Kroll in a press release. “Most people had a good idea of what the SOLO would become, but they will be impressed by its clever design and meticulous attention to detail. It far exceeded our expectations.”

In his statement, Electra Meccanica Chief Operating Officer Henry Reisner chimed in with some high praise for the innovative new vehicle, calling it a car that appeals to “driving enthusiasts, practical commuters, and the environmentally conscious.” He believes the SOLO will one day become the “commuter vehicle of choice for the masses,” due to its being economical, fun to drive, and environmentally safe.

Pricing is another key selling point for the 2017 SOLO EV – it will cost $19,888 in Canada or about $15,500 in U.S. dollars based on current rates. That price is exclusive of any federal, state, or provincial incentives or rebates. Interested buyers can also pre-order the car by placing fully refundable deposits on the Electra Meccanica website, with delivery scheduled for sometime in 2017.

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