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Maker of 3-wheeled car thinks big
Associated Press, by Dee-Ann Durbin

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Posted By:Ribicon, 8/16/2014 10:18:46 PM

Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it’s also less than half the cost. Phoenix-based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, La. Already, more than 27,000 people have reserved one. Elio hopes to make 250,000 cars a year by 2016. That’s close to the number Mazda sells in the U.S.

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An additional $150 gets you into the coveted Six Deep model, which boasts 3 brass handles on each side and a deluxe velvet interior.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/16/2014 10:24:35 PM     (No. 9968654)

Bravo, OP.

I wouldn´t drive this on my local streets with all those aggressive SUVS and light trucks, no less the interstate with 18-wheelers.

I think these thoughts every time I see a Smart Car.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: frede, 8/16/2014 10:34:53 PM     (No. 9968659)

Any A/c?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mean Gene, 8/16/2014 10:48:59 PM     (No. 9968662)

BBC´s Top Gear tested a different 3 wheeler a few years ago.
It had a tendency to roll over on sharp turns.
A strong tendency.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: chumley, 8/16/2014 11:02:52 PM     (No. 9968671)

Reminds me of the Messerschmitt car I used to see when we lived in Germany in the early 60´s.
Its kind of cute but a three wheeled vehicle is inherently unstable on turns. I suppose a slick engineer might be able to mitigate that with suspension tweaks, but four wheels would still be better.
I´ll keep an eye on it. I commute 60 miles a day and am sick of buying gas. Worst case I´ll drive under the coal truck that barrels down on me.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bazi, 8/16/2014 11:11:46 PM     (No. 9968678)

That car will need a Kryptonite bicycle lock so someone doesn´t carry it off while you are at work or shopping.
Anyway, we are spending billions and billions of dollars on light rail all over the country. We won´t need commuter cars because we will all be living in inner city high density Eastern Bloc inspired apartments .

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Axeman, 8/16/2014 11:12:00 PM     (No. 9968680)

I remember the Corbin Sparrow manufactured near me. It cost closer to 30K. I always thought if they could get the cost down to 10K it might sell. It seems like a good close commute car idea. Electric motorcycles are taking off now. The technology is coming around.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 8/16/2014 11:14:30 PM     (No. 9968681)

Sorry, can´t believe the 84mpg at all, if he´s really lucky it will get about half that. The Can-Am Spyder is already out there, and it´s not optimized for mileage, but it only gets around 30mpg - and it costs $15k+++. Most big motorcycles have trouble getting more than 30-40mpg.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dvc, 8/16/2014 11:19:36 PM     (No. 9968686)

Sounds like a scam. Wait until they are in dealer showrooms if you really want one. Will be quite unstable.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Dante, 8/16/2014 11:20:26 PM     (No. 9968687)

True #3, though that car had two in the rear and one in the front. That´s about as idiotic a design as one can imagine.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 8/16/2014 11:36:36 PM     (No. 9968695)

This sounds suspiciously like the 1975 "Dale"
"manufactured" by the Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation.

It was an amazing hoax. Tough to beat too. I guess a new crop of suckers is ripe for the picking.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twentieth_Century_Motor_Car_Corporation

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Smart11344, 8/17/2014 12:37:53 AM     (No. 9968719)

"Bubble Cars" were around in England in the 50´s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_car

If you are old enough to remember the 1958 song, Beep Beep, it was about a Nash Rambler and a Cadillac. In England you could not reference a brand name in a song, so the group who recorded Beep Beep, did another version for England and the limousine was being chased by a bubble car.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: losgatos, 8/17/2014 1:56:37 AM     (No. 9968727)

This car? might be good for my little 1800s village with narrow streets and no parking if it wasn´t so hideous and worthless. Meanwhile a golf car will do.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ThinkingOutLoud, 8/17/2014 4:52:52 AM     (No. 9968756)

You guys should stop knocking it, go to the Elio website and read up on it. I´ve been following the Elio for the last year, and I think it is wonderful in its potential. It will have airbags on all three sides, a rollover cage, and is being developed to achieve a 5 star safety rating. It´s roomy inside, comes in nice colors, really will get great mileage (read up to find out how), and will allow students, seniors, commuters, travelors, to be able to purchase an inexpensive yet highly serviceable car to get around in.

It will end up selling well all over the world and allow those who otherwise couldn´t afford a vehicle that is covered from the elements, unlike motorcycles, to get around without having to fill up the tank often (gets over 600 miles on one tank of gas). And no, I don´t work for Elio. I´m a retired lady thinking in terms of just getting around the suburbs cheaply and comfortably. Go read up about it and then post a comment about the Elio. I dare you.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ThinkingOutLoud, 8/17/2014 5:00:26 AM     (No. 9968757)

By the way, the Elio will have air conditioning, power windows, a remote to unlock door, back passenger seat and/or for storage, all the comforts you would want, plus an am/fm radio.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/17/2014 5:25:42 AM     (No. 9968759)

Good words of advice, #13/#14 - I will do it when I have a chance. But first I´ll have to stop laughing in my head at the Top Gear guys doing all sorts of funny stuff with three-wheel cars.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: Trigger2, 8/17/2014 6:26:03 AM     (No. 9968782)

In the Northern U.S., this three-wheeler will get you 150 costly tows in the winter, if you live through the accidents that is.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 8/17/2014 9:03:52 AM     (No. 9968924)

Does sound like a Can-Am with a cage. Quite interesting but I don´t see them getting a gubmint loan as it runs on fossil fuel. Maybe they could put a little propeller on the roof and claim that it runs on wind power.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MarinMike, 8/17/2014 10:30:45 AM     (No. 9969029)

Great idea, I´d love to test drive one. Due to balance problems, I ride a trike instead of a bicycle, like this little guy it has the tadpole arrangement, two wheels front (pedals ahead of the wheels giving you a bit of a chainsaw appearance). It is fun beyond imagination, I´ve logged well over 5000 miles om it is city, country and mountain roads.

I am a lot smaller than this car, yet somehow people in big scary cars, I imagine even Ldot readers, can see me, its a profile unlike a pedestrian or bicycle. In all that time I´ve never had a close call, unlike bicycles.

I´d buy one of these if I could fit inside. Curiously, the car in my past with the most room for me, the driver, the original Honda car, the Honda 600. Small cars rule!

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