This Electric 3-Wheeler Could Be the Ultimate Commuter Car

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Is it a car? Is it a motorcycle? Is it a tricycle for grownups? However you classify it, a new vehicle is coming to reduce your carbon footprint.

The 2017 Solo is a 3-wheeled, single-occupant electric car slated to go on sale this September in the U.S. and Canada. You can preorder the Solo today through Electra Meccanica in anticipation of the official September 9 release date, starting at $15,150 USD.

Solo Electra Meccanica

Developed by Electra Meccanica, the Solo boasts top speeds of 130 kilometers per hour, or about 80 miles per hour. Underneath that tiny hood is 140 ft-lbs of torque - the Solo can accelerate from zero to 60 in 8 seconds.

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As far as fuel economy goes, the Solo is rechargeable and can travel within a 100 mile range on a full charge. The car packs a lithium ion battery that can be fully charged in 3 hours with a 220V connection and 6 hours with 110V.

Though the interior only seats one and might be a tight fit, it features a fair amount of amenities: Remote keyless entry, a stereo system with Bluetooth connectivity, rear view backup camera, heater and optional air conditioning. The trunk space isn't too shabby either, with a 285-liter storage compartment (about 10 cubic feet).

Though you may have to hold off on any road trips until the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes a decision on what, exactly, the Solo is, whether it's a car, motorcycle or other. Electra Meccanica's website specifies that you won't need to wear a helmet when you drive the Solo (at least in Canada), but a moto license might be required in the U.S.