The SARIT compact electric three-wheeler aims to revolutionize urban transport

SARIT Electric Three-wheeler
Meet the SARIT: Pioneering micro-mobility with an eco-friendly solution to urban congestion and parking dilemmas. Images courtesy SARIT

In the escalating quest to alleviate urban traffic congestion and parking challenges, the SARIT, a compact electric three-wheeler from Canada, emerges as a promising contender. An acronym for Safe Affordable Reliable Innovative Transport, the SARIT is not just a vehicle but a vision conceived by Frank Stronach, the founding figure behind Magna International, now a powerhouse in the global automotive parts industry.

Stronach’s journey, which began in Aurora, Ontario, has led him to construct a manufacturing facility north of Toronto dedicated to bringing the SARIT to life. This petite vehicle may mimic the appearance of a diminutive automobile, yet at its core, it’s structured around an aluminum safety cage with a tricycle configuration, akin to an electric bike.

This three-wheeled innovation is energized by a 96-Ah lithium-ion battery, promising a range of approximately 100 km on a single charge. Its compatibility with a standard 120-volt household outlet allows a full recharge in about four and a half hours, epitomizing convenience by enabling users to power it up almost anywhere.

Stronach’s eureka moment struck amidst the all-too-familiar scenario of a traffic jam, each vehicle occupied by just one person. His solution, which he dubs the Micro-Mobility Revolution, seeks to drastically increase parking efficiency, enabling up to four SARIT vehicles to fit into a conventional parking spot.

SARIT Electric Three-wheeler Easy Parking
4 SARITs fit in a regular parking space, improving congestion and parking issues.

Designed to carry two individuals, with the passenger positioned behind the driver similar to a motorcycle setup, the SARIT electric three-wheeler also incorporates a modest storage area at the rear. The design offers removable doors for an open-air experience in favorable weather, and the company assures that the cabin remains comfortable during the colder months, courtesy of the heat generated by the electric motor. Moreover, the SARIT is touted to handle snowy conditions competently, with the option of winter tires for those particularly frosty days.

Controlled through a twist-handle throttle and hand-operated disc brakes on all three wheels, the SARIT is delightfully nimble. It has a peak speed of roughly 60 km/h, although this will be tailored to abide by local regulations concerning low-speed vehicles. The vision for the SARIT extends beyond public roads, eyeing utilization on university campuses, within business parks, or gated communities, and it’s currently being piloted at Toronto’s York University.

SARIT Electric Three-wheeler Removable Doors
Experience the flexibility of the SARIT, featuring removable doors for an open-air ride tailored to your comfort.

The SARIT isn’t just about functionality; it’s also about enjoyment. It’s described as being quite zippy, boasting stability during turns thanks to the weight distribution of the low-slung battery and motor. Maneuverability is a key asset, especially when navigating tight spaces. For added convenience, options such as a rearview camera and a stereo system are available.

Pricing for the SARIT remains tentative, with initial estimates hovering around $US6,500. This positions it at the upper end of the e-bike market, but one must consider the added benefits of a safety cage and weather protection. A less expensive model with a 75-km range is also anticipated. The company is exploring various commercial avenues, including leasing and vehicle-sharing services, alongside the novel concept of “SARIT Cafés,” where potential users can test-drive the vehicle and enjoy organic fare — another of Stronach’s passions.

SARIT Electric Three-wheeler Storage
There’s a small storage compartment behind the seat, while an exterior holder can carry shopping baskets or golf bags.

Production is slated to commence this summer in the Ontario factory, with plans to broaden the manufacturing footprint into the United States, targeting states like Florida, Texas, and California. These facilities are projected to be highly automated to ensure cost-efficient production without succumbing to the lure of overseas manufacturing.

In addition to the standard SARIT, a four-wheeled electric truck variant is being developed, aiming to serve the needs of local delivery services and maintenance work, underscoring the vehicle’s versatility.

While the SARIT is not the pioneer in the realm of low-speed electric vehicles, Stronach’s wealth of experience spanning over three decades in the auto industry is a testament to its potential success. Rather than replacing traditional automobiles, the SARIT aspires to become an all-weather commuting alternative, ideal for short trips to bus or train stations while minimizing parking space utilization.

SARIT Electric Three-wheeler Handlebar Controls
The SARIT takes a cue from motorcycles, offering handlebar controls with a twist throttle and hand brakes for a pedal-free ride.

As urban centers grow denser and traffic conditions worsen, the SARIT electric three-wheeler positions itself as a sustainable solution, a testament to ingenuity in urban mobility that may indeed become the next big thing.

Source: SARIT