If you’re looking for a fun and fuel-efficient transportation option this year, this three-wheeled car from Elio Motors might be just what you’re looking for.
This fully-enclosed vehicle seats two people (plus a small trunk), is front-wheel drive, and has a top speed of over 100 mph, which is plenty fast for most driving situation. The gas tank holds 8 gallons, making for a total range of about 670 miles per fill-up (getting 84 mpg at highway speeds), which can save you a ton of money in fuel costs over the course of a year. Even with its city mileage rate of 49 MPG, the Elio gets much better mileage than most of the other cars on the road.
The Elio, which will be produced at a repurposed old GM factory in Shreveport, LA, has a front-engine configuration and a low center of gravity, which results in great traction, no matter what the weather. The fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 3-cylinder, inline engine features a displacement of .9 liter, and puts out 55 HP, and can go from 0-60 mph in about 9.6 seconds. The vehicle has an independent suspension with a coil-over-spring and shock setup for a smooth ride, and the composite body is said to make for a quiet ride as well.
While the Elio might look fragile, compared to the much larger and heavier vehicles on the road, the company says they expect to receive a 5 Star Crash Test Rating.
“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
Priced at just $6800, the Elio Motors three-wheeler is affordable, fuel-efficient, and looks like a whole lot of fun to drive. The company is taking reservations on their website now for possible delivery later this year. I’ll take two.
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