Exhibit 99.1

 

ElectraMeccanica Appoints Kevin Pavlov as Chief Executive Officer and Director

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) ("ElectraMeccanica" or the "Company"), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, today announced that current Chief Operating Officer Kevin Pavlov has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective immediately. Pavlov assumes the title from former CEO Paul Rivera and will also join ElectraMeccanica’s Board of Directors. In his expanded role Pavlov will continue to be responsible for overseeing operational growth as ElectraMeccanica ramps up commercial production with a focus on enhancing profitability and efficiency.

 

Pavlov brings over two decades of automotive experience to ElectraMeccanica with an extensive skillset covering large global corporations, private board experience, government affairs, mergers & acquisitions and relevant experience with start-up companies. Prior to joining ElectraMeccanica in May of this year, he served as the COO and Director of Karma Automotive where he achieved significant cost reductions and avoidances through process improvements. Pavlov has held various other senior management roles In his career, most notably at Fortune 500 company Magna International, where he was, at different points in time, the COO of its E-Car Joint Venture, Global President and General Manager of Magna Electronics, and Executive Vice President of Magna’s Services, Ventures, and Innovation Group reporting directly to the CEO & Founder of Magna. Pavlov was also the CEO & Board Director for Eco-Fueling and was an Executive Consultant to Ricardo Inc. PLC where he demonstrated his ability to both lead and advise Companies towards success.

“Today, I announce that I am formally stepping down as CEO of ElectraMeccanica,” said Paul Rivera. “Since joining the company, it's been my absolute passion to help transform an idea for affordable individualized transport from concept to reality. Now that ElectraMeccanica has started construction on its new US assembly facility and will begin delivering vehicles to its first customers, the company is poised for success and ready to build upon the foundation of the SOLO Ecosystem. I am proud of what the ElectraMeccanica team has accomplished during my tenure and look forward to supporting the transition, while moving onto new challenges deploying game changing technologies.”

 

Kevin Pavlov added: “ElectraMeccanica has the opportunity to play a critical role in changing how we interact with the world around us, effecting positive societal and environmental change. At this moment, we are entering a critical inflection point in our company’s maturation from a formerly developmental stage start up to a scaled production enterprise. I believe my direct experience working within automotive companies at all stages of development will prove to be a critical resource as we make this transition. With customer deliveries on the way, a growing list of potential fleet partners, and construction on our U.S. facility moving full speed ahead, we have several major milestones before us, and I believe ElectraMeccanica’s best days remain on the horizon. I appreciate and accept the responsibility that comes with taking on the CEO title, and I will be committed to working on behalf of our shareholders and the board to lead this company into the future.”

About ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.
ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) is a Canadian designer and manufacturer of environmentally efficient electric vehicles (EVs). The company’s flagship vehicle is the innovative, purpose-built, single-seat EV called the SOLO. This three-wheeled vehicle will revolutionize the urban driving experience, including commuting, delivery and shared mobility. Engineered for a single occupant, it offers a unique driving experience for the environmentally conscious consumer. The SOLO has a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80 mph, making it safe for highways. The SOLO also features front and rear crumple zones, side impact protection, roll bar, torque-limiting control as well as power steering, power brakes, air conditioning and a Bluetooth entertainment system. It blends a modern look with safety features at an accessible price point of $18,500.




The SOLO is currently available for pre-orders here. InterMeccanica, a subsidiary of ElectraMeccanica, has successfully been building high-end specialty cars for 61 years. For more information, please visit www.electrameccanica.com.

 

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Investor Relations Contact
Gateway Investor Relations
Matt Glover and Tom Colton
(949) 574-3860
SOLO@gatewayir.com

 

Public Relations Contact
Michelle Ravelo




R&CPMK for ElectraMeccanica
(714) 403-9534
michelle.ravelo@rogersandcowanpmk.com

 

 

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Source: ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.

Released September 23, 2021