We've seen lots of promotional images of the upcoming Elio three-wheeled, high-efficiency vehicle, but now Elio Motors is ready to show the trike to the world at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, which starts next week. The vehicle will be on display at the ShowStoppers area of CES and is scheduled to arrive on the US market in about a year. "First quarter of 2015" is the official time frame.

Elio says the trike will get 84 miles per gallon on the highway and 49 mpg in the city, which is good but not as high as Volkswagen 260-mpg XL1. Of course, that VW will cost something like $145,000 (and will not be available in the US) while the Elio will run just $6,800, so they're not really in the same category.

In early 2013, Elio purchased an old General Motors plant in Shreveport, LA, where it hopes to build the trike. Elio says it expects the trike to get a five-star safety rating and says the gas-powered model will have a quiet interior in preparation for a future electric version. As of December 27, the company claims to have 6,342 reservations for the gas version (which required $100 down), so clearly more than a few people are interested in scooting to work and play in a three-wheeled bullet.
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Elio Motors to Appear at ShowStoppers at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show

TROY, Mich., January 2, 2013 – Revolutionary transportation company Elio Motors will join other innovative companies and brands at ShowStoppers at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV on Jan. 7. ShowStoppers at CES is an ideal stage for Elio Motors to present their technologically friendly $6,800, 84 mpg, three-wheel vehicle, which will be introduced to the U.S. car market in the first quarter of 2015.

"Elio Motors is focused on affordability, and with an 8-gallon tank that can travel upward of 670 miles without the need for a fill up, this vehicle is unlike anything else in today's market." says Paul Elio, Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Elio Motors. "Our ultra-high mileage appeals to consumers in addition to our aftermarket-friendly design and assortment of customizable options. Showcasing the Elio at ShowStoppers is a wonderful opportunity to highlight how this vehicle can be personalized with a variety of electronics and we are excited to be a part of this internationally renowned event."

"The Elio's ground-breaking Safety Management System is a perfect example of how we are working to put an innovative twist on transportation," Elio continues. "Everything from the safety features to the sound system on the Elio can be customized, and we're committed to having a vehicle that reflects consumers' interests and needs."

Aside from top-notch safety features, Elio Motors has devoted their attention to state-of-the-art vehicle design and the latest technology concepts. The vehicle's aerodynamic body and composite panels deter outside noises from reaching the cockpit, which will ensure clear listening quality when drivers use future Elio electronic features such as an in-vehicle smartphone docking station.

Updated information can be found at www.eliomotors.com.

About Elio
Elio Motors was born out of Paul Elio's vision for an efficient and affordable revolutionary vehicle. The American made, three-wheel vehicle boasts 84 mpg on the highway and 49 mpg in the city, plus an anticipated 5-star safety rating. At $6,800, this vehicle is for everyone. For more information, please visit http://www.eliomotors.com or www.facebook.com/ElioMotors.


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      Rotation
      • 11 Months Ago
      The XL1 doesn't get 260mpg. The 260mpg figure is a combined rating of it in range-extended and charge-sustaining mode. As such, the XL1 figure could be arbitrarily high (up to and including infinite) or much lower depending on how long a distance you test it over.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 11 Months Ago
      I sure hope this comes to fruition. The real genius of the approach that Elio is using is that they are using proven subsystems for a lot of the vehicles content. I will be putting down my deposit soon and hope to have one of these for a personal vehicle. At this price it's cheaper than many low end street legal motorcycles is it not? Make mine a manual transmission please, not the automatic.
      TIMMAH!
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'll be excited when they're actually rolling off the assembly line. Zap me once, Aptera me twice, not a third time...
        rick.danger
        • 1 Day Ago
        @TIMMAH!
        They've moved the delivery schedule back from July 2014 to 1Q 2015. Not unexpected for a start-up, but Elio just may be the company to make this work. I'm with you though, I need to see them ready for sale first.
      Ziv
      • 11 Months Ago
      Bingo. Great price point, very efficient, did I mention the great price point? I think you are right Dave, if they can price this under $6,900 it will sell well. If it is a blast to drive, it could be a real hit. You get heat, AC and seating out of the rain/sun/wind for two for less than $7,000? That could really take off. I don't think the second seat is going to be all that comfortable, but seeing that 6'8" guy sitting in the car with room to spare, convinced me that it is going to be fairly roomy.
      • 10 Months Ago
      I haven't found any information on the amenities inside. AC, CD/am-fm radio, air bags, safety features, load capacity, and the like. Reminds me of a Spydre motorcycle but enclosed which is nice for rainy cold regions like the Pacific Northwest. Also does one get a test drive locally or where does one have to travel to see and procure this vehicle?
      Dave
      • 11 Months Ago
      I don't really care about the 84 mpg. 42 mpg would be good enough. Less than $3 per day in gasoline. Most people I know spend more than that on coffee. The number I'm really impressed with is $6,800. If they can sell them anywhere near that price, they'll have a winner.
        Dave
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dave
        I just hope they can make it fun to drive.
        archos
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dave
        84mpg is a good selling point for car with a tank that probably isn't as big as a typical car and for a vehicle of this size and weight there should be higher mileage.
          Ziv
          • 11 Months Ago
          @archos
          Dave has a good point about the mpg aspect of the car, too. Once you get to 40 mpg, the average commuter is only buying 25 gallons of gas a month instead of the 50 gallons you have to buy if you get 20 mpg. So they save nearly $100 a month, which is pretty cool. Going from 40 mpg up to 80 mpg would then save a further 12.5 gallons or another $50. So once you get to 40 mpg you have harvested most of the low hanging fruit. I hope Elio can keep the mpg over 60 mpg more for the PR advantages it would bring them rather than the amount of gas/money that would be save. 60+ mpg sounds awfully good.
          Dave
          • 11 Months Ago
          @archos
          Don't get me wrong - 84 mpg would be really cool. But, if they can sell 'em for $6,800, they'll have buyers lined up around the block even at half that mpg.
      • 11 Months Ago
      I put my $1000 down back in May 2013, I could see the future potential of this vehicle. My son has been in the automotive business for years and is impressed by the suppliers that Elio has. Waiting for this vehicle is the hard part, since I am so anxious to have it at my front door. Werner Baeckelandt
        Ducman69
        • 1 Day Ago
        I think you're going to find that you're out $1000, along with a lot of other people.
      mazdamattyp5
      • 11 Months Ago
      better mpgs, faster acceleration, more weight and all with LESS hp than a .9L Smart fortwo?? Not a chance in hell. I'm going to file this company under "H" for "holding my breath".
        2 wheeled menace
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mazdamattyp5
        Their claims are completely possible. The vehicle is very light, about half the weight of the average car or less. It is much more aerodynamic. In fact, it may actually be more aerodynamic than a motorcycle due to the dramatically better coefficient of drag, despite the larger frontal area.
        Sean
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mazdamattyp5
        Its a lot lighter and more aerodynamic than a Smart fortwo, so I would say their claims are possible.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 11 Months Ago
      I would really LOVE to own one of these. The downside to me is that it cannot carry two passengers. Me and the wife are used to commuting together. I would love to support this company, but we are looking to buy a prius instead for this reason.
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        It has two seats. Is your wife required to ride in your lap or something? How many seats do you need for the two of you?
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        You may feel bad when your wife gets killed in this. The Prius is a lot safer.
        SteveG
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Same here. We just bought an Insight. Despite what folks say, great car. Getting 47mpg lifetime in the first 6000 miles. Got it for a steal too, since honda is having trouble moving them.
        rp2s
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        2 wheeled, this is a two passenger car. Passenger sits behind the driver.
        jebibudala
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        As everyone pointed out it's not only tandem two seating (which is probably one of the coolest features), it's also suppose to have a decent amount of storage space! The super light weight should make it a fun nimble vehicle. A side-note, I looked at and drove a Prius C and Prius for a little while, after extensive research + my driving habits I decided on a Fiesta 1.0L Ecoboost instead. To me it was more comfortable, a LOT more power, about $5k cheaper, and the MPG's weren't too far off. I'm on my 2nd tank of fuel averaging 44mpg city. I'm not a hypermiler by any means. In a Prius passing a truck on a two-lane highway I had to pray, cross my fingers, and hold my breath. Where in the 1.0L 3cyl Ecoboost it has more than ample power for passing.
        Ziv
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        2WM, it is, as everyone noted, 2 seated tandem style. But I have never seen a video of anyone getting into the backseat and given the angles, it would help if you wife was petite and agile, I would imagine. She may get a kick out of it, though. The seat back probably goes forward and the front seat slides forward as well to allow as much room to the passenger as possible as they are getting in the back. But if it was my wife, I would be a little paranoid about how she was going to get out of there if we got into any sort of a wreck, though. I don't think the rear windows roll down, so you would have to get out first and then she would follow. But that is what it is like in any 2 door so maybe I am overly paranoid. I really like the Elio in nearly every other way.
          GoodCheer
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Ziv
          On the Elio website, go to the 'Photos' tab, scroll the menu on the right to the video titled "St Louis", it shows a woman getting into the back. ... or I guess I can ref it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BpSn00HlM30
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Ziv
          Well, it is a lot safer than it's alternative: a motorcycle; which we were thinking about getting. Instead of having a hard time getting out of the vehicle, in a high speed crash on a motorcycle, you are most likely dead, so.. it's an improvement! :P
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Ziv
          Sat in the back seat of the Eliot, plenty of room and in my opinion easier to get in and out of most 2 door back seats. BTW, I am 6' 190 lbs.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Ziv
          Thanks for the vid, goodcheer.
          Ziv
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Ziv
          Great video, Goodcheer. There is more rear seat legroom in the Elio than in my Volt, though that isn't saying a great deal. Interesting. That back seat is a lot more spacious than I would have guessed after looking at the shape of the back end and the rear windows.
        Sheepdog 44
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        The Elio is a two seater.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Sheepdog 44
          Oh, i was under the impression that it was a one seater because on their website, they frequently emphasize how much room one person has. I would say it's worth a look then!!
      Kevin Gregerson
      • 11 Months Ago
      I was excited about it until I saw that it was a front wheel drive and no real trunk space to speak of. I wish the original aptera rear wheel drive had gotten off the ground. That could at least hold a golf bag and clubs or a Surfboard. In this class of vehicles it's not about safety, but more about the thrill of driving.
      Dave
      • 11 Months Ago
      Actionable Mango- This is a tandem (one behind the other) two seater AFAIK.
      • 11 Months Ago
      If you get teased about the Elio, don"t let it bother you because if you have an Elio car, you can claim to be a futuristic person. Werner
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