Concrete proof I want in on this whole Elio thing.
Those who have submitted their deposits no doubt know what this is. It's the official membership into the Elio cult, the few of us (over 26,000 have put down deposits so far) that hope this becomes a reality. The proverbial friend-of-a-friend rumor mill puts the car's release in the earlier part of 2015 (reports are mixed; some say March, some say September. I've come to accept that if it's something I want, the later date is usually correct).
I still love the concept. The more I read about it, the more I like it - AC and power windows and door lock (note the singular) are standard; AM/FM stereo as well, but the jury's out on whether it will have an AUX jack for the iPod (NOTE: THAT WOULD BE GOOD). The big question for me is whether I spring for the automatic transmission or not. With the traffic on 66 the auto would be a benefit; if the mileage estimates are close I might get it. Or I might get the stick shift because I haven't driven one in close to 20 years...
The mileage. Hoo boy. 49 MPG city, 84 MPG highway. I think the 84 might be a little optimistic, in that even 500cc motorcycles barely get that, and they're a lot smaller and lighter; the 49 MPG city is probably close. It's a small, light vehicle with a small engine. I can see it being economical. Here's the killer, though. I was running the math with the Mrs., explaining that the Elio literally pays for itself:
Weekly commute: 200 miles.
Truck MPG in traffic: 14 MPG (this is optimistic, BTW)
Elio MPG (est.): 49 MPG
Gallons of gas used per week in Dodge: 14.29
Gallons of gas used per week in Elio: 4.08
Gas savings: 10.2 gallons a week, or $35.74 with gas at $3.50/gallon.
That's nearly $150 a month in straight gasoline savings. If I finance the Elio over two years, that's half the payment. If I keep the Elio four years I've broken even just in gas savings alone. Heck, there's one less tire to replace, so it'll save money... :) The Elio is one case where the math really does add up.
There's another benefit, though. Since the Elio is technically a motorcycle, I can drive it in the less-used HOV lane. Since it's heated, cooled, and enclosed, I can drive it year-round regardless of weather. I can cart stuff back and forth to work in it without worrying if it will fit in a saddlebag. And, most importantly, it saves commuting wear and tear on both the Earthf**ker and the Harley. With the Elio taking the commuting task from the Dodge, I can hold onto my paid-for truck for a long time.
As long as the claims being made about the Elio regarding gas mileage and price are valid (or at least close), I can't wait to bring one home!
That is all.