Electra Meccanica Teases E-Roadster In New Video


The electric return of a classic

The Porsche 356a Speedster is an automotive design that transcends time. Now, some six decades after it was first penciled, Electra Meccanica has dropped a video tease of a lovely light blue replica powered by electricity. Cards kept close to the vest, we’re told only that’s it’s coming soon.

The Canadian outfit, which just recently started delivering examples of its single-seat, three-wheeled Solo, has previously teased an electric sportscar called the Tofino. It is said to begin production in 2019 and comes with a $50,000 price tag and a 250-mile range. And although it is also a topless coupe, we believe this is something different. Something more in touch with the companies roots.

Electra Meccanica was formed in 2015, but it spawned from Intermeccanica, a small coachbuilder founded in 1959 with a turbulent history that saw it move from its original home in Turin, Italy to the U.S., and finally to Canada. After building a few of its own designs through the 60’s and early 70’s, it branched out into building new versions of older cars, including the Speedster. Today, it offers 3 variants of the 356 — along with an awesome-looking reproduction of the Volkswagen Kübelwagen —  which it builds on a tubular steel perimeter chassis with composite bodywork.

Putting two and two together, we’re are going to guess that this E-Roadster (oh, please please, change that name) is basically borrowed from its parent company and endowed with an all-electric drivetrain. Taking into consideration the prices of product from both outfits, we estimate the neo-classic will come with a price tag in the $50,000 to $60,000 neighborhood to begin. We’ll update you when the details become public, along with information about its performance and availability.

For now, though, we’ve got this video on heavy rotation here at InsideEVs headquarters, and are brainstorming ways to get ourselves to Electra Meccanica’s Vancouver, British Columbia home for a close-up inspection (anyone need a kidney?). Seriously though, with its classic looks and battery-powered drivetrain, we expect it’s as much a joy to drive as it is to look at and can’t wait to learn more.

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I think I’d like to have one of those..


When I saw the guy in the white linen suit, standing in front of the bathtub Porsche EV, I thought Jack had gone on a crash diet. Already done in 2009.


That’s pretty funny!

Nice video, excellent production values. BUT, if you’re selling an EV you’re selling tranquility. So, we want real “noise”. i.e. we want the experience of the missing engine roar. So, a better video on a smoother road, with real sound would be better.

Also, Excellent detailing.

Ahem, well, speak for yourself please. I have no problem with totally quiet roadsters… If they sell one for $50,000 and 250 mile range, I can do without a lot of modern gadgets or fast charging, or high power. Seeing as the old VW Karman-Ghia sold plenty with just 36 or 40 hp engines, if they put, say, a dinky 50 hp motor in the thing I’ll be perfectly satisfied.

I hate cars that have fake sounds, like the BMW i-8. My ELR has BOSE noise cancellation, a totally different animal.

Its uncanny how closely this car resembles the front and rear ends of the original Beetle. Ferdinand Porsche must have done the styling for both brands, besides designing the VW powertrain.

I put down a deposit on a SOLO and test drove it recently. I was concerned that the single rear wheel would not be stable but the test drive put that fear to bed. I am eager for the SOLO delivery which is estimated at early in 2019. I saw the roadster in their showroom when I went for a test drive. It was nice looking with high build quality.

Thanks for sharing that.
I just started a thread for Electra Meccanica on the InsideEVs Forum. If you and other buyers start posting about your cars here (which would be awesome) we can create a new sub-section for them.

That’s lovely.

What I don’t get is why Chevy doesn’t make a $45K, 250 mile version of this. Basically a Chevy Bolt with a ’53 Corvette body.

I’d buy that but Chevy will never build it. Alternatively I’d like to see Chevy offer the Bolt chassis to customizers so that somebody else could build it. It makes little sense for a tiny company like Electra Meccanica to design and build an entire car when their value add is really just a cool body. Buying a platform from a big company and then putting on their own body makes much more sense, in addition from a customer point of view you would have a car that could be serviced at any of the thousands of Chevy dealers.