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Electra MECCANICA has new 220 km/h tricycle

Solo is an electric tricycle with car front, Canadian engineers have designed for commuters. However, the range will be enough professionals?

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If you are in the rush hour on a motorway bridge, you will notice: only one person sitting in most vehicles. According to statistics, in the United States, 80% of commuters travelling alone are.

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Photo: Electra MECCANICA

Is this not a waste of space? However, Electra MECCANICA has imagination. The Canadian company has developed solo electric tricycle with only a seat that looks like a car, but pointed runs backwards from the front and is thus much more compact.

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83-HP motor speeds up solo on speed 130 km/h

When it comes to performance, commuters have to make not many smears. Under the hood is a 83-HP electric motor, which accelerates the 450 kg lightweight one-seater in eight seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. The maximum speed is theoretically at 220 km/h, the engineers have cut the car performance to only 130 km/h.

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Photo: Electra MECCANICA

Nevertheless, driving seems guaranteed. “The experience to drive the solo is similar to any other road car,” says the Canadian racer Scott Hargrove. “The combination of light-weight body, low center of gravity and a great power to weight ratio makes the car a kind cart.”

Is the range meet the public?

And what is the range? Around 160 km away come owner with one battery charge. The average driver in the United States, who travels daily about 60 km, would so after two days on the socket. It takes six hours according to Electra MECCANICA, until the 16.1 kWh with Lithium-Ionen-Batterie is loaded into the 110-volt system.

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It should take three hours in the 220-volt system. By the way, three brothers from Austria promise a much higher range. You develop a battery technology that promises to 450 km. Would that not a promising cooperation?

Spite of compactness, the developers have made for ample storage. Electra MECCANICA indicates the storage space with 285 l which roughly corresponds to the storage space of the Mercedes Benz C300 Coupé.

For a large bag and a medium-sized shopping is enough.

Also German commuters to enjoy solo? Not once. Because first, Electra MECCANICA 2017 brings the small cars in the U.S. market. To the predatory pricing by €13,700. In the same year is a competitor on the market: the tricycle Elio, that should come with a German three-cylinder engine and a 19 l fuel tank on a range of 680 km.

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