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.
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.
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.