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The Solo Drive- A One-Passenger Electric Car Gone Before Its Time

Not Every Innovation is a Slam Dunk: The Solo Drive One Passenger Electric Car





Electric cars are no longer a new technology, but manufacturers are still finding ways to innovate and bring exciting new offerings. One such innovation was the Solo Drive, from Canadian company Electra Meccanica (EMV), a unique electric car that catered to a market segment designed for just one passenger. At first glance, the Solo Drive one-passenger electric car looks like someone took a regular passenger car and lopped off a good portion. With two wheels in the front and one in the back, this three-wheeler looks awkward but proved to be quite nimble. It may seem like an odd choice to create a vehicle without any room for passengers, but there are several reasons why this type of car was worth considering.


More Affordable Commuting Option

One of the most significant advantages of the Solo Drive was its affordability. Compared to larger electric cars, this model was cheaper, coming in at less than $19,000, making it an excellent option for those looking for an affordable mode of transportation that isn't too heavy on the wallet. The Solo Drive was perfect for commuters who want to get to work quickly and without the extra expense that comes with larger vehicles.




Environmentally Friendly Option

The Solo Drive also had the advantage of being an environmentally friendly car. Since it has fewer passengers, it requires less power and resources to make and maintain. This made it an excellent choice for people who want to reduce their carbon footprint and do their part for the environment. You can easily get around for a day on a single battery charge, which is perfect for city driving.


More Compact Design

Another advantage of the Solo Drive was its compact design. With a more petite build than other vehicles, it's much easier to park, especially in busy metropolitan areas where parking is at a premium. The car was great for navigating through congested traffic, making it a popular choice for daily commuters navigating busy streets.


Safety Features

The Solo Drive was designed with safety in mind, making it an excellent option for those prioritizing safety. Though the car was not equipped with airbags, it had a reinforced body and a roll bar for an impressive overall safety level. Think of it as a step above a motorcycle. In addition, the car's small size meant it could seamlessly move in and out of traffic, making it a safer option for commuting than larger vehicles.


Additional Features

The Solo Drive showed much promise, with a projected range of 100 miles and a top speed of 82mph. Sure, cargo space was limited, but the vehicle had all of the typical amenities like air conditioning, Bluetooth stereo, rear camera, and headlights to be driven at night.





So what happened, and why will we not see these on the roads? In February, Electra Meccanica issued a recall for all Solo vehicles due to lack of "propulsion." During a daily drive, the car could lose the will to move, and the possibility of a crash was something the EMV could not stomach (we get it). Between 2019 and 2023, there were 428 Solo Drives that could be a vehicle you couldn't drive. I give EMV credit for issuing a buyback and making all Solo owners whole.


Conclusion:

Electric cars have long been seen as a change in the automotive world, and the Solo Drive is one example that did something unconventional by designing a single-seat car. While this design seemed strange initially, it had several advantages that made it an excellent option for specific drivers. Between its affordability, eco-friendliness, compact design, and safety features, the Solo Drive was an electric car that had carved out a unique niche in the market. I can only imagine how difficult it was for EMV to issue the recall for the propulsion issue. This issue led the company to drop the 3-wheeler entirely from its product line, and their focus is wholly on 4-wheelers from here on out. Say so long to the Solo, as its time in the spotlight was short but sweet. I would love to hear from you if you were one of the lucky or unlucky 428 owners!

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