What does the 3-wheeled, super-efficient Elio have in common with a gas-guzzling Hummer? Both use a standard internal combustion engine in favor of a hybrid or electric setup, and the Elio will be built in the same Louisiana factory that once hummed to the tune of H3 production. The similarities end there.

The Elio is a motorized trike that seats two and is capable of achieving 84 miles per gallon thanks to its lightweight, aerodynamic design and 3-cylinder, 0.9-liter gas engine. If you're deterred by the Elio's small footprint, slight seating capacity and modest performance, keep in mind its projected retail price of under $7,000 and the little 3-wheeler starts to make a bit more sense.

Host Jonathon Buckley heads to Ontario, California to test the prototype Elio and meet its maker, Paul Elio.


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