The ElectraMeccanica Sparrow may look like an oddball but this single-user, three-wheeled electric is seriously vying to capture the hearts of the electric car market. Made in Canada, the Sparrow can be seen turning heads on Vancouver roads.
ElectraMeccanica chief executive Jerry Kroll is confident that the shape, driving experience and features of the car are sure to attract buyers and bring in profits. Jerry Kroll feels this is the Volkswagen Beetle for the 21st century.
Kroll is an entrepreneur who has always made a living from building electric cars. For the past five years, he’s been working at NASA on developing electric drive systems for race cars. These days he has his eyes firmly set on bringing an environmentally friendly car that is compact and can ease up parking woes.
The ElectraMeccanica Sparrow can reach a maximum speed of 130 km/h (80 m/h) and can travel up to 140 kilometers (87 miles) on a single charge. A completely drained battery charges in four hours. The Sparrow gives the feel of driving a small car and its quick acceleration gives you the confidence to navigate Vancouver’s infamous traffic. At present, the car is priced at $19,888 but after the B.C. government’s $5,000 Clean Energy Vehicle grant, the price would come down to $14,888.