Vancouver’s ElectraMeccanica picks Mesa, Arizona for U.S. base of operations

Electrameccanica SOLO EV
Solo EV | Image via Electrameccanica

ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. began its location search for its U.S expansion plans last year, announcing they had narrowed their search to sites in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

After months of negotiations and proposal reviews, Vancouver-based ElectraMeccanica has announced announced it plans to set up its U.S. based assembly facility and engineering technical center in Mesa, Arizona.

“I want to thank Governor Ducey, his team, the state of Arizona and everyone who’s been involved in this process for helping to bring ElectraMeccanica’s U.S. operations to life,” said Company CEO Paul Rivera.

The proposed 235,000 square foot facility will be capable of producing up to 20,000o of their single-seat SOLO electric vehicles (EVs) per year. The company will spend $33 million on the project and expects to create up to 500 new jobs in the process.

The Canadian EV maker expects to break ground soon and hopes to have the first EVs roll off the line by the end of 2022.

The SOLO EV promises a top speed of 130km/h, with a 0-60mph time of about 8 seconds. It will feature a 17.3kWh lithium ion battery, giving it an estimated range of 160km.

It will be available in four colours, red, white, black, and silver and can be reserved online now with a $250.00 USD refundable deposit.

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