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Affordable Enclosed Three-Wheeler gets 84 MPG

Affordable Enclosed Three-Wheeler gets 84 MPG

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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.

Affordable Enclosed Three-Wheeler gets 84 MPGThe 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

Affordable Enclosed Three-Wheeler gets 84 MPGPriced 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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