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Concept car easy on the eyes and wallet ($6,800 and gets 87 mpg)
The Phildelphia Business Journal ^ | August 13, 2013 | Jared Shelly

Posted on 08/13/2013 11:40:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The folks from Elio Motors dropped by the Philadelphia Business Journal offices in Old City on Monday to show off their new concept car (see attached photo gallery). Small in stature and containing three wheels (two in the front, one in the back), the car costs just $6,800 and gets 87 mpg highway (49 mpg city).

Although still in the concept and fundraising stages, Elio’s top brass has been showing off the vehicle across the country – from its headquarters in Shreveport, La. to New York to Detroit. For the first time, they revealed a prototype of the car’s engine, which has not yet been seen by any other news organization (see photos.)

The company plans to eventually have showrooms and dealerships across Philadelphia and all of the top 60 markets in the United States.

But starting a car company from scratch is no easy grind....

(Excerpt) Read more at bizjournals.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Louisiana; US: Michigan; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: automobiles; automotive; cars; elio; louisiana; michigan; motorcycles; pennsylvania; philadelphia; thedale; tricycle
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1 posted on 08/13/2013 11:40:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Death trap commie-mobile. I’ll keep my Ford F150.


2 posted on 08/13/2013 11:44:38 PM PDT by ChiMark (America no more)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like it - I wouldn’t mind having one of these for around town.


3 posted on 08/13/2013 11:47:03 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liz Carmichael

4 posted on 08/13/2013 11:51:31 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More specs here...

http://www.eliomotors.com/my-strengths/


5 posted on 08/13/2013 11:52:10 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the back of the car look ugly. I wouldn’t mind if the back wheel look like the front part


6 posted on 08/13/2013 11:52:26 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m pretty jazzed for this. It’s inexpensive enough to have one for the daily commute and still have a bigger vehicle for when you need one.


7 posted on 08/13/2013 11:53:33 PM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
$6,800!
There be a fishy smell about this thing.
8 posted on 08/13/2013 11:56:52 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: ChiMark

I think of the. Yugo.


9 posted on 08/13/2013 11:57:32 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Guck!


10 posted on 08/14/2013 12:04:27 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: aquila48

Better get two, one for each foot, and a skate lock key.


11 posted on 08/14/2013 12:06:00 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: aquila48

I’m thinking the same thing. It would make parking a lot easier.


12 posted on 08/14/2013 12:17:08 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: MestaMachine

Take a closer look - I was skeptical too.

https://www.eliomotors.com/videos/


13 posted on 08/14/2013 12:22:22 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The messerschmitt's had more style.


14 posted on 08/14/2013 12:29:23 AM PDT by vikingd00d (nulla seruitus turpior est quam uoluntaria -- Seneca)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I imagine this thing with tread marks on the roof and a lower profile.


15 posted on 08/14/2013 12:43:35 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Oh geez, let me try to remember.......Wasn't that some sort of transvestite?

Something creepy as hell, I do remember that much..........

16 posted on 08/14/2013 12:49:35 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Jeff Chandler

Finkle is Einhorn; Einhorn is Finkle.

Today, ObaFailedLoan would support that person under LGBT business ventures.


17 posted on 08/14/2013 1:17:36 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: ChiMark

Yet another three-wheeled “car” with a motorcycle type engine.

This isn’t some technological breakthrough, just a redesign of the outer shell of an old concept.

What would be revolutionary is 87 mpg, seats four comfortably and has exceptional range.

Anything less is just a marketing gimmick.


18 posted on 08/14/2013 1:17:52 AM PDT by MDspinboyredux
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To: aquila48
From the Elio website: An inline, 3 cylinder, 1 liter, 70 HP, fuel-injected, SOHC gas-powered, liquid-cooled, automotive engine.

So where is the 84 MPG coming from?

19 posted on 08/14/2013 1:36:57 AM PDT by sr4402
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Tricycle.


20 posted on 08/14/2013 1:38:04 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like they’re putting a low profile body on a 3 wheel spider cycle.


21 posted on 08/14/2013 1:39:30 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: vikingd00d
As does the Morgan Three Wheeler -


22 posted on 08/14/2013 1:40:04 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: antceecee

“I think of the Yugo” I think about a owed coffin funeral


23 posted on 08/14/2013 1:41:03 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: sr4402
"So where is the 84 MPG coming from?"

Just a guess mind you, but how about an incredibly low final drive gear? (Like 0.7 to 1)
24 posted on 08/14/2013 1:43:19 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

Closed coffin funeral. Damned auto correct


25 posted on 08/14/2013 1:43:25 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

26 posted on 08/14/2013 1:43:27 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Looks like a Can-Am Spyder with a roof.


27 posted on 08/14/2013 1:45:38 AM PDT by fulltlt
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To: shibumi
Just a guess mind you, but how about an incredibly low final drive gear? (Like 0.7 to 1)

Is that a fact on the Elio? If so, would that mean shifting on mountain highways?

28 posted on 08/14/2013 1:47:23 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: fulltlt

Can-Am Spyders cost $16,699 to $29,899.


29 posted on 08/14/2013 1:50:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I would rather...

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It has the wide wheels which makes it more scooter than motorcycle. Why have a motorcycle/scooter with walls? Ridiculous.

30 posted on 08/14/2013 1:58:45 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: sr4402

No, not a fact. I said “Just a guess...”

I have scoured the net, both Elio and technical websites. Nowhere is the final drive mentioned. In fact the only reference to gears is that you can have manual or auto five speed. (With five speeds, 5th gear is normally an overdrive.)

You couldn’t sell me one of these things unless it had a mower deck on it.

My motorcycle has a bigger motor and I think it’s too small.


31 posted on 08/14/2013 2:01:02 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: MDspinboyredux

Reminds me of a gokart I had as a child. Was fun if the field but on the road. No Way. A 69 VW could take it out. They used to have plans for these in PM magazine.

How many safety standards does this meet. And I’m not talking about Gov. Stds.


32 posted on 08/14/2013 2:01:14 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Neat looking little vehicle, but like the car a couple years back with the compressed air-engine, I suspect it fails what I call the “Neighbor Test.”

I have a neighbor who is 93 years old and drives a 1987 Chevy Suburban. Nice old man, but not such a great driver anymore. Any vehicle I consider getting into, I first make a mental note that at some point, I will be on the road in said vehicle the same time as my neighbor and his Suburban, or someone like him. If I feel comfortable getting in the vehicle at that point, it passes the Neighbor Test. If it doesn’t, someone else can drive it.


33 posted on 08/14/2013 2:06:24 AM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: Irenic
This was my vehicle after my 72 Chevelle had to be left in California.

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It was a 125 Riva...good times...good times. Getting caught a few times without a slicker or gloves in cold weather finally brought me around. But goodness did I have fun!!!

A gallon of gas was good for 100 miles? Something like that..it has been a long time. I took it to 75 regular..80 was pegged. It still could go after that. I became very creative on carrying items home, too. Fun times.

34 posted on 08/14/2013 2:12:19 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
comes in black too


35 posted on 08/14/2013 2:17:07 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

Hands down bet.

The coffin is better built.


36 posted on 08/14/2013 2:27:28 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: sten

We all go there no matter our money or vigilance. Death, the great equalizer.


37 posted on 08/14/2013 2:28:44 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

true, but most people wouldn’t voluntarily go through life pre-packaged for departure


38 posted on 08/14/2013 2:39:26 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

Nah, but there are more fun ways to go than that silly little fake car. It is a scooter with walls.

Who the hell wants that? Have the wind in your hair and in your face. Live not in fear.

Life is meant to be lived. Death isn’t that frightening if you believe in Jesus Christ.

*Poof* eternal...is that frightening? I suppose that takes faith. With faith all is possible.


39 posted on 08/14/2013 3:04:22 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Although still in the concept and fundraising stages

You can bet that price is just a concept too!!!

40 posted on 08/14/2013 3:10:24 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If I wanted a 3 wheeler (other than my Spyder RT), I would get a Campagna T-Rex
41 posted on 08/14/2013 3:13:41 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: Irenic

faith is one thing.

6 months of agonizing burns and multiple compound fractures is another


42 posted on 08/14/2013 3:14:33 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: doorgunner69

You remember in the right direction ... It was a mutilated man pretending to be a woman ... yuck.


43 posted on 08/14/2013 3:18:40 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think it's too expensive to really take off (like say the little Japanese cars in the 70's). It's got too many downsides, the obvious one being it only holds two passengers. The other is that you can get a larger and much more comfortable, better equipped and safer Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, or Nissan Versa for a few thousand more. And after you're done driving one of those little cars you can sell it for 5 or 6 grand. The only advantage, as I see it, to the Elio is the great gas mileage, but I think gas needs to get closer to 8 bucks a gallon for most folks to consider the Elio over a more traditional subcompact vehicle.

I'm sure they'll sell some - I do see those little Smart Cars around, but I don't see them ever in the snow, which makes me think they're still more toy than commuter car.

44 posted on 08/14/2013 3:23:04 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: sten
Yeah, I didn't have that but I had a nice road rash up my side from a simple turn (gravel). From shoulder to hip. That bike rode me arse all the way.

I also rode a car through the tree tops. Life works ya over.

Clouds by Zach Sobiech

45 posted on 08/14/2013 3:25:50 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

Add to this, I was held up at the pizza joint I worked at as assassinate mgr., held a gun to my head and said they were going to blow my m-ing f-ing head off (blacks). This is within a year of illegal Mexican’s bashing my head for 27 stitches/staples and the rest is nobodies business. Anyhow, life is awesome and every painful second is a joy.


46 posted on 08/14/2013 3:43:21 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: ChiMark

Any worst the a couple on a motorcycle in shorts and tee shirts no helmets.


47 posted on 08/14/2013 3:44:28 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A city car.

In Philly it will be stolen in an instant, stuffed into a van and whisked away


48 posted on 08/14/2013 3:47:33 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’ll soon be eclipsed by a gyroscopically self-balancing two-wheeler with enclosed tandem seating, that might actually be producable for something close to the quoted price, and might actually be capable of 87 mpg.

I was initially interested by this vehicle, but I personally see no way they can deliver on these promises.


49 posted on 08/14/2013 3:51:05 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Isetta

Produced from 1953 to 1961. Gas mileage varied from around 50 mpg to 70 mpg.


50 posted on 08/14/2013 4:01:32 AM PDT by Iron Munro (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize - Voltaire)
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