Electra Meccanica unveiled two new EVs at the Vancouver Auto Show. One is the performance version of the iconic Solo, Solo R, and the other is the Mazda Miata look-alike Tofino. Since the company is best known for its trademark roadsters, the all-electric roadster could be the evolution of that heritage.
Let's get one thing clear first. Why does it resemble so much like the Mazda Miata? Well, Electra Meccanica is the electric division of the now-Canadian-based automaker InterMeccanica. Founded in 1959, this formerly Italian car brand sold sporty roadsters and coupes, including replica cars.
Electra Meccanica unveils new EV sports car that looks part MX-5, part 911
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In fact, they are selling a replica of the Porsche 356 that they simply call "Roadster." They also sell the replica of the Volkswagen Kubelwagen. At least, that sort of solves the mystery that this EV rendering reminds you of the Miata.
According to , both the body and chassis of the Electra Meccanica Tofino roadster will be constructed of lightweight aerospace-grade composite. However, battery size wasn't disclosed during the unveiling of the vehicle.
The company claims that the Tofino roadster's 0 to 60 mph is less than 7 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph, reports . And on a single charge, it has a range of up to 250 miles or 400 km.
Potential and future buyers of Electra Meccanica Tofino will have the option of choosing from different colors: Electric Red, Raven Black, Bionic Bronze, Arctic White, and Titanium Silver. The starting price for the Electra Meccanica Tofino roadster is approximately $37,000 (USD) or $50,000 (CAD).
Also, the company is already taking reservations for the Electra Meccanica Tofino for $1000 (CAD) or $750 (USD). You can check if you want to be one of the first few to take this baby out for a spin.
This sporty-looking Tofino from Electra Meccanica is set to be delivered by 2019. As to how it will fare compared with other all-electric vehicles from Tesla, VW, Ford, Nissan, and GM, we will yet to find out once the production model if off the rack. In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates.