ElectraMeccanica, a Canadian designer and manufacturer of compact EVs, has announced its latest venture – a new partnership with autonomous technology startup Faction Technology, Inc. Together, Faction and ElectraMeccanica will launch a SOLO EV pilot program that will “test Faction’s self-driving platform as it relates to autonomous food deliveries and vehicles on demand.”
ElectraMeccanica’s SOLO EV is a three wheeled, single-passenger EV that was specifically designed as a solution for urban commuting and deliveries due to the conveniently compact size of the vehicle. The SOLO EV also offer drivers 100-mile range and 80 mph top speed. With Faction Technology’s help, the SOLO EV could be transformed by autonomous driving and delivery capabilities.
According to the memorandum of understanding between both companies, ElectraMeccanica will work to expand the pilot deployment up to 24 SOLO EVs over the course of the next year. Speaking to the test pilot program, which is currently underway, Faction founder and CEO Ain McKendrick noted the start-up’s excitement to play a key role in expanding the future of urban mobility. “We have been impressed with our SOLO EVs and this partnership will help to further expand the future of urban mobility,” shared McKendrick. “The SOLO EV is an excellent candidate for Faction’s mission to right-size urban delivery and transportation, well suited for our unique approach to combine driverless technology with lightweight vehicle systems. We are excited to move toward implementing our driverless and remote vehicle operation technology into several SOLO EVs in the coming months so that we can begin real world testing and data collection.”
McKendrick also made a great point – why should a pizza delivery require a full-sized sedan? “We believe Faction’s technology is essential in the evolution towards full autonomous driving, enabling vehicles to deliver cargo through a combination of autonomy and a remote worker using teleoperations to assist,” explained Kevin Pavolv, CEO of ElectraMeccanica. “We look forward to working with the team at Faction to test our vehicle with its technology platform and to promote urban micro delivery.”
Moving forward, the pilot program will continue testing Faction’s autonomous technology both for driverless and remotely operated scenarios.