Elio edges closer to production with E1A test vehicle
Elio Motors is an enigma of the motoring world, promising plenty but failing to deliver thus far. Every time the launch of its cars is pushed back, the screams of naysayers grow louder and louder, but Elio is looking to silence the doubters with the completion of its first E-Series test car.
Unveiled in front of automotive suppliers and engineers in Livonia, Michigan, Elio says Prototype E1A will be used to refine and fine-tune the design as it creeps towards production spec. All things being equal, it'll be one of 23 validation vehicles planned to hone aerodynamics and safety performance.
"The completion of the first E-Series vehicle signals the launch of another critical phase in our journey," says Paul Elio, founder and CEO of Elio Motors. "The real-world performance data that we gather through the E-Series testing will allow our team to make final adjustments prior to tooling up for production. This is a giant step forward for the company and our Elio reservation holders as we continue to progress."
Once the testing is completed, the company will sell its first 100 pre-production vehicles to fleet customers with the intention of refining the breed when (or if) the three-wheeler finally reaches consumers.
Should that day come, P5 three-wheeler pricing will start at US$6,800. Despite the bargain-basement price, Elio Motors is promising highway mileage of 84 mpg (2.8 L/100km) from the air-conditioned, airbag-equipped trike.
Source: Elio Motors
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Followed by - try wider body configuration now that 4 wheels is the design choice. Price will go down using old VW Beetle tooling for sheet metal and will employ canard and foldable wings for anytime flight. Testing will be completed in 2025 - definitely, depending on FAA certification and regulation. People who put money down will get several quality suitable-for-framing poster choices of 3 and 4 wheel pre-production models. Posters with wings are $5 +SH and taxes.
And in 10 years 25% or more of global energy production will be renewable due to the growth of solar and wind energy. And it will only get better. So EV's will be charged with clean energy to take away one more complaint from the naysayers.
I would recommend the investors in Elio motors to take their money elsewhere and their employees to find other jobs.