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3wheelin

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Recently did the test-drive when they were up here in Portland.

Oof. Not good.

While it *LOOKS* great, both inside and out, the driving experience is "terrible bordering on dangerous." Hopefully they can sort out the driving experience by actual release, but at least a couple of the issues I'm not sure about.

Acceleration is lackluster - they claim 10 seconds 0-60, and I doubt it's even that fast.

Braking is so lacking as to be borderline dangerous. I have the phone-app-based "safe driving saves you on insurance" thing, and the app didn't record any "hard braking" or "heavy acceleration" events during my test drive. Even though I did full-force acceleration and full-force braking multiple times.

Cornering was very soft, not much feedback, and the steering wheel isn't self-centering. And a lot of body lean - but not "motorcycle lean", "bad compact car" lean… Which is kind of amazing considering how low it already is.

But the suspension is *SUPER* rough. It was in a mall parking lot, with reasonably smooth asphalt, yet I felt every bump. It was rougher than a race-tuned first-gen Mazda Miata NA, yet without that level of cornering firmness.

I'm sure they can fix the acceleration and braking in software, and the cornering with a little bit of tweaking (Arcimoto tweaked the software to make the FUV's cornering tighter after release,) but that suspension is so rough I think it needs a complete rearchitecture.

I was really hoping to get one to go along with my Arcimoto, as it seemed like it would be a better "commuter" - but I just can't imagine commuting over potholes and speed bumps every day in the Solo, not without major improvements.

Now hoping the Aptera Sol holds up to its promise… (Yes, I have preorders on both the Solo and the Sol; although I think I'm going to cancel my Solo order.)
How long ago was your test drive in Portland? Because chances are you've test driven the one made in Canada. The ones assembled at their China assembly plant is the most updated version but EMV has not announced even a single unit sold out of their China plant. Thanks for posting your review of the SOLO test drive. MotorTrend did a review of the SOLO back in Feb. 2019 and it wasn't good at all so I know Electra Meccanica was aware of this that might be causing delays on their delivery date. It only take a few customers complaining about the SOLO handling and this single seater, single model's future in the 3wheeler market is over. JMHO.
 

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Recently did the test-drive when they were up here in Portland.

Oof. Not good.

While it *LOOKS* great, both inside and out, the driving experience is "terrible bordering on dangerous." Hopefully they can sort out the driving experience by actual release, but at least a couple of the issues I'm not sure about.

Acceleration is lackluster - they claim 10 seconds 0-60, and I doubt it's even that fast.

Braking is so lacking as to be borderline dangerous. I have the phone-app-based "safe driving saves you on insurance" thing, and the app didn't record any "hard braking" or "heavy acceleration" events during my test drive. Even though I did full-force acceleration and full-force braking multiple times.

Cornering was very soft, not much feedback, and the steering wheel isn't self-centering. And a lot of body lean - but not "motorcycle lean", "bad compact car" lean… Which is kind of amazing considering how low it already is.

But the suspension is *SUPER* rough. It was in a mall parking lot, with reasonably smooth asphalt, yet I felt every bump. It was rougher than a race-tuned first-gen Mazda Miata NA, yet without that level of cornering firmness.

I'm sure they can fix the acceleration and braking in software, and the cornering with a little bit of tweaking (Arcimoto tweaked the software to make the FUV's cornering tighter after release,) but that suspension is so rough I think it needs a complete rearchitecture.

I was really hoping to get one to go along with my Arcimoto, as it seemed like it would be a better "commuter" - but I just can't imagine commuting over potholes and speed bumps every day in the Solo, not without major improvements.

Now hoping the Aptera Sol holds up to its promise… (Yes, I have preorders on both the Solo and the Sol; although I think I'm going to cancel my Solo order.)
Thanks for the review. I was impressed by the FUV’s performance and handling on the early Beta test drive and improvements were made in the production model. It’s quick, stable (passed the moose test), similar driver comfort of my SUV, and just plain fun to drive. If or when it’s enclosed I’ll take delivery if I’m not too old and beat up to drive. :) Looking forward to a review on the Aptera test drive. It simply looks to wide, awkward, and low to the ground. I do plan to test drive the SOLO at the first given opportunity, but no interest in the Aptera based on styling alone.
 
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