ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp., a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, announced that it will open six new retail locations across the western US within the next month.

The company also announced that the initial shipment of its production vehicles for its flagship SOLO EV have arrived in North America. In-line with the company’s ongoing vehicle rollout strategy, these SOLO EVs have been designated for corporate use in marketing, advertising and retail activities. ElectraMeccanica officially began production of the SOLO EV in late August alongside its manufacturing partner and strategic investor, Zongshen Industrial Group.

ElectraMeccanica used vehicles from the first batch to test the international shipping logistics and port processing. Vehicles are currently being used for corporate and marketing purposes as well as ongoing road verification and testing.

The company also announced that it is expanding its retail footprint by opening six new locations in prominent shopping centres in addition to the four locations currently up and running. These new locations will be strategically positioned in high-visibility areas alongside notable name-brand anchor stores and are set to open by Thanksgiving.

“I am pleased to share that the first production SOLO EVs have officially made it onto US soil,” said ElectraMeccanica CEO Paul Rivera. “Consistent with our roll out strategy, the first wave off the line will be used specifically for high ROI activities, including marketing, retail distribution, customer test drives and fleet demonstrations. We are continuing with our planned, methodical ramp up in production to ensure quality and consistency. While we have encountered certain hurdles through this growth process, our team is hard at work making select supply chain and technical improvements. We have extended our customer delivery schedule into early 2021. Safety, customer care and the ‘Drive SOLO experience are paramount. With the help of our experienced partner, we are confident we can continue to move quickly and meet our increasing customer demand.”

The SOLO is a purpose-built, three-wheeled, all-electric solution for the urban environment. Engineered for a single occupant, it offers a unique driving experience for the environmentally conscious consumer. The SOLO has a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80 mph, making it safe for highways. The SOLO features front and rear crumple zones, side impact protection, roll bar, torque-limiting control, as well as power steering, power brakes, air conditioning and a Bluetooth entertainment system. It blends a modern look with safety features at an accessible price point of $18,500.