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Elio Motors
« on: January 17, 2014, 05:17:40 PM »
I signed up for one of these:

http://news.yahoo.com/three-wheel-6-800-car-gears-2015-us-193306020.html

http://www.eliomotors.com/

I fully expect something to derail this, but for $100 non-refundable, I'll bite. I saw the Elio when they were first announced but didn't sign up. I'm interested now because they made the Vegas auto show, have a few prototypes rolling, and announced a relatively close delivery time.

A while ago I read somewhere that most of these 'commuter' cars will have to be 3-wheel motorcycles in disguise or federal bumper standards, etc. start kicking in.

I think this is an unrealistic doorbuster price. That said, if he's reassembling parts that are already in production for other vehicles it'll be close --but still, that doesn't leave much margin. I'll add that the $35 Raspberry Pi computer pulled off its success by using mass-produced smartphone parts.

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014, 08:27:28 PM »
Looks like a deathtrap.  Too many assholes driving living rooms complete with theater systems around the streets.  You'll be nothing but a speed bump.


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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014, 08:43:13 PM »
>deathtrap

Yeah, when they go under the 'motorcycle' classification that's sort of a given.  Though this one is touting 3 airbags.

The deal-breaker is that it may require a helmet here in NC.

"Sales of the vehicle will most certainly hinge on whether buyers are required to get a motorcycle license. Chip Stempeck, Elio Motors' vice president for marketing, said that every state except Kansas would require that the vehicle be registered as a motorcycle based on federal vehicle classifications. So in some states, a person who does not already have a motorcycle license will have to pass that state's motorcycle safety test, possibly on a 2-wheeled motorcycle. That could be a deal breaker for some people.

Then there's the helmet issue. Mr. Stempeck said that while most states would not require the driver to wear a helmet, New York, North Carolina, Nebraska, Mississippi, Missouri, West Virginia and the District of Columbia will.

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/12/driving-a-work-in-progress-from-elio-motors/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2014, 08:59:31 PM »
On completely the other end of the scale... Tally Ho! Jolly Good stuff Old Boy!

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/morgan-3-wheeler-updated-2014
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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2014, 09:20:58 PM »
I want one and will probably get one eventually if they turn out to be for real. I already have the motorcycle lisence and this is a no helmet state. Plus I'll never be able to afford a Morgan.

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 01:09:55 PM »
Eeeeeew! That has to be the ugliest piece of transportation I've ever seen. Even the old Danish "Ellert" is more posh:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CityEl

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 01:19:57 PM »
No way!  WTF do you Danes know about modernistic design! Oh, wait....

Needs 4 wheels, though. I'm not fond of the tricycle look.  (Though that is how they circumvent our vehicle construction mandates.)

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 03:50:48 PM »
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I don't know why, but it reminds me of my long-gone-and-sorta-missed Saab Sonett (70s OPEC oil embargo? Eat THIS! That Sonett saved my driving lifestyle.)

One thing that impressed me was the 3 airbags, 2 of which I assume are side impact. After getting to my brother's t-boned Corolla accident scene where they were literally shoveling up the now C-shaped Corolla parts with snow shovels and finding that no one was seriously hurt, sidebags impress me a bunch.

But in the end, this is a motorcycle with a cabin and AIR CONDITIONING (and, oh yeah, heat).

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014, 03:54:02 PM »
>AIR CONDITIONING

Hehe, I now know why you have a love affair with your AC in the States. Took me a few good years and some personal experience driving in the South, but I get it now..

> (and, oh yeah, heat).

Well, THAT is deff an issue in our neck of the woods. For cooling we just roll the windaw down, but for heat, we're screwed.

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014, 03:59:14 PM »
>but I get it now

But the ABSOLUTE best story is Mackin flagging down and carjacking that gal in downtown Charleston. "Take me to my hotel, MFR! It's too goddamn HOT here!"

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2014, 04:15:57 PM »
Hahahaha, right! And it was hot as hell even though the wind blew quite a bit.

When we went back last year, we took a carriage ride. Phew, that was too damn hot as well and the horses seemed like they would break down anytime. The guide asked us to imagine the market 100 years ago booming with fish and other lovely animal meat - and well above 45c.. eeew.

We ended up at the same restaurant at the end of the market though. The kids loved it.

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2014, 09:02:10 PM »
Looks neat, but personally I'd prefer to be on 2 wheels, unless it's cold and raining.

What am I talking about, no way I'd fit in that thing anyway you look at it.

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2014, 09:18:58 PM »
This thing got 86mpg and was capable of 56 mph.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_KR200

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2015, 02:03:35 PM »
time warp!

RALEIGH, N.C. A bill to define and license three-wheeled cars, or "autocycles," whizzed through the state House on Thursday, passing a Finance Committee vote and two floor votes with little debate.

http://www.wral.com/-autocycle-bill-whizzes-through-house/14542066/

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Re: Elio Motors
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2015, 11:14:49 AM »
I agree they are ugly, but I'm all over these things too. That's all I really need at the beach. When I ride my motorcycle, I wear so many clothes its rediculous, so it's not that convenient at all, until you lane split in heavy traffic.

But this would work. In fact I would consider selling them down here, or had a car company that rented them out.