Classic Porsche 356 Inspires Quirky New Electric Car


We're starting to see a resurgence of electric roadsters going into production.

Tesla may have started with the all-electric Roadster, but the car that followed, the Model S, paved the way for more affordable electric sedans aimed at the mass market. While there are plenty of extreme electric supercars like the Nurburgring-dominating Nio EP9, there’s been a lack of mid-range electric sports cars slated for production. We’re finally seeing a resurgence, however, with the recent comeback of the Lotus Elise-esque SP:01. Now, Canadian electric carmaker Electra Meccanica has revealed a new potential rival roadster.

Called the Tofino, Electra Meccanica, the electric car division of coachbuilder InterMeccanica, revealed the new all-electric roadster at the Vancouver Auto Show. Its design builds on the classic Intermeccanica Roadster before it, which is a replica of the 1959 Porsche 356. Electra Meccanica didn’t go into specific powertrain details, but says the Tofino will be powered by an all-electric motor that can generate a top speed of 125 mph and reach 0-60 mph in under seven seconds. The chassis is based on lightweight aerospace-grade composite, and the Tofino also has an impressive range of 250 miles. For now, we only have an early design render to go on, but the Porsche-inspired shape is plain to see.

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Also revealed was the Solo R, a new performance version of the quirky Solo three-wheeler. Specific power and range details are being kept under wraps for now, but Electra Meccanica assures that the Solo R will be formidable on the track as well as the road, featuring a high-performance battery system, performance brakes, larger wheels and racing slicks. "We are very proud to showcase our company, along with a couple of extremely exciting new vehicles at our hometown show," said Mark West, President of Electra Meccanica. "The passion behind these cars is a massive step-forward for our brand and they represent the best of what we can achieve from a performance standpoint."

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