Back in 2014, Elio Motors offered up a little bit of free money to anyone who ponied up a reservation fee of between $100 and $1,000. The bonus was 50 percent of the deposit amount, and it was only available for a limited time. Well, like '90s fashion or, apparently, trains, the deal is back. it's almost over.

What Elio is offering is pretty much the same as last time.

What Elio is offering is that your non-refundable deposit of $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be half-matched by the start-up automaker. If you take advantage of the deal, you also get a limited edition T-shirt and a bumper sticker. Doing the math on $500 off your $6,800 base-price Elio trike, it turns out that if you spend the full $1,000, then that's like getting a 7.3-percent discount. The offer ends May 15th 31st.

The reservations are for Elio's upcoming three-wheeled, high-MPG vehicle, which is constantly inching closer to something real. The trike will get "up to" 84 miles per gallon and seat two people. As impressive as all these numbers sound, there are lots of skeptics. They've got legit items to point to, since Elio has lost many millions so far in its quest and has pushed most of its initial deliveries back to 2017.

If you're a bit more hesitant about giving Elio your money, the company also offers a refundable deposit tier. You won't get the 50 percent bonus or the fancy T-shirt, but you should be able to get 100 percent of your money back if you decide a highly efficient three-wheeler isn't for you.

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Elio Motors' 50 Percent Reservation Bonus Offer Ends May 31

More than 52,000 people have put down money for a place in line for highly fuel-efficient, low-cost three-wheeler

PHOENIX, May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Elio Motors, Inc. (OTCQX: ELIO), the startup vehicle manufacturer planning to launch a three-wheeled vehicle that will get up to 84 MPG with a targeted base price of $6,800, today announced that the current 50 percent reservation bonus offer will end May 31, 2016. Elio Motors will then reduce the reservation bonus offer for a non-refundable reservation to 25 percent.

More than 52,000 customers have put money down for a place in line for an Elio. Reservations can be for $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 and can be either refundable or non-refundable (details on the reservation program can be found at www.eliomotors.com). Currently, non-refundable reservations receive a 50 percent reservation bonus for when the customer purchases a vehicle to be applied to the final cost of their Elio.

"Our 50 percent reservation bonus has always been intended as a reward for early adopters and is a thank you for their early support," said Paul Elio, founder and CEO of Elio Motors. "The customer response has been phenomenal and we are thankful so many people have shown their support by making a reservation."

To date, more than 85 percent of reservation holders have chosen the non-refundable option.

Any potential customers who want to take advantage of the 50 percent reservation bonus can do so by placing a non-refundable vehicle reservation on or before May 31. In addition, any current reservation holders who want to upgrade their reservation – for example, a $500 non-refundable reservation turned into a $1,000 reservation – also can take advantage of the 50 percent reservation bonus before the end of May.

Elio Motors, which is targeting a launch in 2017, has achieved several milestones so far this year. In addition to crossing the 50,000-reservation threshold, the company's shares began trading on the OTCQX market. In addition, the company has finalized engineering designs for the engine cradle, interior, body panels and chassis for its E-Series testing vehicles. Assembly of the E-Series vehicles will begin later this month.

"There are a lot of hurdles to clear when you build a vehicle from the ground up, but we keep accomplishing goals – both big and small every single day," Elio said. "Our progress the past several months has been remarkable and we look forward to keeping the ball rolling with the upcoming E-Series build and pre-production vehicle launch later this year."

About Elio Motors
Founded by car enthusiast Paul Elio in 2009, Elio Motors Inc. represents a revolutionary approach to manufacturing an ultra-high-mileage vehicle. The three-wheeled Elio is engineered to attain a highway mileage rating of up to 84 mpg, while providing the comfort of amenities such as power windows, power door lock and air conditioning, accompanied by the safety of multiple air bags and an aerodynamic, enclosed vehicle body. Elio's first manufacturing site will be in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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