Fourth-gen Elio model gets 86-mpg trike closer to production
Elio Motors has unveiled the new design for its super-fuel-efficient three-wheeled commuter car, and we're already liking the covered-wheel effect. The company's new version was shown off in a lovely shade of orange, and if that color is a nod to the Denver Broncos and their upcoming appearance in the Super Bowl, we'll be really impressed.Over 600 mile range on a tank of gas (and it will cost under $50 to fill the tank), you can drive it in the HOV lane, and it's under $7K? Sign me up. Looking at it, I might be able to get it in the garage with the Harley, as well. There's a lot of things to like about this car, even if it is rather funny looking:
Earlier this month, the company said that it had secured (with the help of local government agencies) the former General Motors Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant from RACER Trust (Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust) for its new Louisiana factory, and that production may begin as soon as early next year. The vehicle, said to get 84 miles per gallon, will be priced at $6,800. A 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine will provide 70 horsepower, giving the vehicle a 0-60 mpg time of less than 10 seconds. And the eight-gallon tank will give the car lots of range to roam.
Aesthetics aside, there's a lot to like, not the least of which is the mileage. Over 80 MPG means that I can get most of a week's commute out of two gallons of gas (whereas the Earthf**ker) needs more than 15 gallons a week. It's crazy easy to park, fits in ALL parking spots, and should be inexpensive to insure (motorcycles are generally less than automobiles). The only downside that I can see is that two neighboring states (WV and NC) will require a helmet to operate it on the roadways.
With a car that costs less than most used cars, keeping the Dodge will definitely be an option. It will still see use in the winter time and for any long haul trips with the family, although I'll have to see how many guns I can fit in the Elio for the Northeast Bloggershoot trek... The trunk area looks/sounds rather small (a carryon bag) so it's doubtful it will see much long range work.
I'd still prefer to take one out for a test drive first, which will hopefully be happening this year...
That is all.