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Elio Motors unveils prototype 3-wheeler

Startup Elio Motors unveiled its prototype 3-wheeler at a press event in Michigan. The car is powered by an inline, 3-cylinder, 1-liter, 70 hp (52 kW) gasoline fuel-injected, SOHC engine and has projected fuel economy of 84 mpg (2.8 l/100km) on the highway and 49 mpg (4.8 l/100 km) in the city.

The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. Top speed is in excess of 100 mph (161 km/h), and the 0-60 speed is under 9.6 seconds. Equipped with a 8-gallon (30-liter) fuel tank, the car has a range of around 672 miles (1,081 km). Projected price of the car is $6,800.

The 3-wheeler. Click to enlarge.

Each Elio comes equipped with a Safety Management System that includes three airbags, a reinforced roll-cage frame, Anti-Lock Braking System, and 50% larger crush zones than similar vehicles. Preliminary safety tests on computer models anticipate a 5-Star safety rating.

Elio is planning to produce the car at a former GM plant in Shreveport, LA, if it can raise sufficient funds.



Seems to be a worthwhile asset for a very low price of $6,800.

This could become a useful fun vehicle for young drivers and all those who refuse to grow old?

It is probably very light to get such high mpg and strong acceleration with a 70 hp ICE?

Nick Lyons

Super commuter (but how do you see out the back??).


"Projected price of the car is $6,800." - looks safer than a motorcycle & 84 mpg is better.

Even if there's a rear-view camera, a lift hatch covering a "three grocery bag size" passenger could be useful.


They don't even mention what you'll save on tire replacement.


It looks g a y.


This looks like what the "fly the road" (now Persu) was supposed to be, only this one's a tadpole configuration.

(I used to follow that site closely.  After leaving in disgust after a redesign left the concept looking like a Harley trike, I'm happy to see that the current version is much cleaner and true to the original.  But it's still not shipping.)


I bet a reliable >60 mpg, $7,000 two seater could sell, esp. with youth.

The front wheel drive might handle well. Could be light enough that [a] wheel motor(s) and 1/2 a Leaf or C-MAX battery EV could get over 100 urban mile range.


What a cheap way to travel !

william g irwin

Sounds a bit to good to be true. Show me the product, and they will come!


I've had a love of three wheeled cars ever since my grandfather let me drive his Morgan.

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