TodayApril 15, 2022

Electra Meccanica Solo, Ford Focus, carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends, it’s time for the carchat

We’re flying solo, today on the carchat folks. My good buddy, and yours, Warren, is on hiatus. He and my girlfriend, Mary Anne, aka Mrs. Brown, are in the throes of packing, moving, and unpacking. The good news is that Stretch and I now have our own room in their new house.

I’m in Miami today for the first domestic auto show of the year. Yep, the automobile show season has started. Miami moved its show to September, so instead of Los Angeles in November, we start in Miami in September. I know Nissan has an SUV and sedan they are showing, but till tomorrow I can’t say…mums the word :)

Are any of you in Miami this week? Would you like some free tickets to the Miami auto show? email me at lou at and I will work with the Miami auto show group to have them at will call for you.

In Vancouver, the Electra Meccanica Solo is being unveiled today. The SOLO is designed as a commuter vehicle with a 16.1 kW/h lithium-ion battery system utilizes for up to 100 Mile driving range. The one-seater minicar is made of a lightweight aerospace composite chassis with a top speed of 80 mph and a battery system that requires only three hours of charging time from zero to fully charged on a 220-volt charging station.

I drove a beautiful blue Ford Focus this weekend. Once again, Ford’s SYNC infotainment gave me no problems. The blasted noise in the dash almost had me wearing earplugs. I’ve driven many Fords and never had that problem. I am sure it is being fixed as we speak. The Focus out the door was $27,000, and I got 25 mpg from the EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 26 city/38 highway/ 30 combined.

Let’s chat about cars:

Electra Meccanica Solo, Ford Focus, carchat, washingtonpost
Electra Meccanica Solo, Ford Focus, carchat, washingtonpost
Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.