E-car company ElectraMeccanica announces corporate headquarters move to Mesa

Canadian-based electric vehicle company ElectraMeccanica announced it will move its corporate headquarters to Mesa on Monday.

The move expands the city's electric vehicle footprint in the state. ElectraMeccanica in 2021 announced it picked the East Valley city for its first U.S.-based manufacturing plant that could result in the creation of 200 to 500 jobs.

The nearly-completed 235,000-square-foot facility is located near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport at 8127 E. Ray Road. The facility will have the capacity to produce up to 20,000 vehicles annually, according to a news release.

Mesa Mayor John Giles and Governor Doug Ducey joined ElectraMeccanica CEO Susan Docherty at a grand opening of the manufacturing plant.

"We are proud of these one-of-a-kind vehicles that will be made in Mesa, bolstering Arizona’s robust manufacturing industry," Ducey said in a news release.

Docherty told The Arizona Republic the move to Mesa from Canada happened because of the access to the airport, a young workforce and the hub of similar electric vehicle manufacturing. "You almost want to think of Mesa as electric city. You had motor city decades and decades ago, but Mesa is becoming this incredible hub."

ElectraMeccanica is the fifth electric vehicle manufacturing facility to open in Arizona since 2016, according to the news release. Other electric car manufactures in the state include luxury car maker Lucid Motors and heavy truck maker Nikola Corp.

SOLO vehicle be to entirely manufactured in Arizona

The company will produce its three-wheeled, one-seater, all-electric vehicle called the SOLO at the plant.

Vehicles will be largely assembled in China and finished at Mesa plant, but that will change by the tail end of 2023. ElectraMeccanica has committed to be an American original equipment manufacturer and to fully assemble the SOLO vehicle in Mesa.

Long wait periods for ElectraMeccanica to receive its inventory will end and allow the company to make decisions on market trends at quicker rates.

"You have the ability to respond to the market to what the consumer is looking for in a much quicker fashion," Docherty said.

She said the company will no longer have to pay a 25% tariff for receiving manufacturing goods from China.

How to test drive

An ElectraMeccanica employee cleans on of the new three-wheel electric Solo cars from ElectraMeccanica available for a test drive at the Mission Kierland in Phoenix on Feb. 5, 2021.
An ElectraMeccanica employee cleans on of the new three-wheel electric Solo cars from ElectraMeccanica available for a test drive at the Mission Kierland in Phoenix on Feb. 5, 2021.

ElectraMeccanica has a showroom at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall where people can go look at the three-wheel electric SOLO car and schedule a test drive.

The SOLO vehicle is priced at $18,500. ElectraMeccanica is trying to be an affordable electric option, Docherty said. The car needs no special outlet or charger and can run up to 100 miles in one charge. Its top speed is 80 mph. According to promotional material, the car was "crafted for a smaller footprint."

New owners won't be able to drive off with their new car but instead have need to wait a few weeks until their car is delivered.

Reporter Maritza Dominguez covers Mesa/Gilbert and can be reached at maritza.dominguez@arizonarepublic.com or 480-271-0646. Follow her on Twitter @maritzacdom.

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