Elio Motors

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Elio Motors
Private
IndustryAutomobile
Founded2008
FounderPaul Elio
HeadquartersPhoenix, Arizona, United States
Number of locations
1 (plant in Shreveport, Louisiana
Area served
United States of America
Key people
Paul Elio, founder and CEO
James Holden, Board Member
David C. Schembri, Board Member
Kenneth L. Way, Board Member
Stuart Lichter, Board Member
Hari Iyer, Board Member
ProductsThree-wheel motor vehicles
OwnerPaul Elio
Websitewww.eliomotors.com
 
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Elio Motors
Private
IndustryAutomobile
Founded2008
FounderPaul Elio
HeadquartersPhoenix, Arizona, United States
Number of locations
1 (plant in Shreveport, Louisiana
Area served
United States of America
Key people
Paul Elio, founder and CEO
James Holden, Board Member
David C. Schembri, Board Member
Kenneth L. Way, Board Member
Stuart Lichter, Board Member
Hari Iyer, Board Member
ProductsThree-wheel motor vehicles
OwnerPaul Elio
Websitewww.eliomotors.com
A white Elio viewed from the side
Side view of 3rd generation Elio prototype

Elio Motors is an American startup automaker[1] founded in 2008 by Paul Elio, engineer and company CEO. Elio Motors is based in Phoenix, Arizona and is preparing to manufacture its vehicles in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.

Specifications[edit]

Elio Motors currently has its first vehicle under development, a three-wheeled model (two wheels in front, one in back) with an 8 gallon fuel tank, and planned fuel efficiency of 84 mpg-US (2.8 L/100 km) highway / 49 mpg-US (4.8 L/100 km) city and an EPA blended fuel efficiency of 60.3 mpg-US (3.90 L/100 km).[2] The car will have a projected MSRP of US $6,800.

The three wheeler is projected to feature heater, defroster, air conditioning, power windows and door lock, stereo, two person seating capacity (one in front, one in back), three airbags, a reinforced roll cage, side intrusion beams, seat belts, windshield wiper, stability control, and ABS. Company executives project the vehicle will receive a five-star safety rating. Fully enclosed like a standard automobile, the vehicle's three-wheel design falls under the U.S. government motorcycle classification. The company has successfully lobbied, in most states, to alter regulations that would otherwise require drivers to wear a helmet and, in many states, to remove the requirement for operators to have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license.[3][4][5]

The design specification includes a target curb weight of 1,250 lb (570 kg); three-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; an inline .9 liter three cylinder, 55 horsepower (41 kW) engine; and front-wheel drive, with a top speed of over 100 mph (160 km/h) and an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in approximately 9.6 seconds. The exterior has an overall length of 160.5 inches (4.08m) and an overall height of 54.2 inches. The front wheel track is 66.8 inches (center rim to center rim) with a wheelbase of 110 inches (center of front wheels to center of rear wheel). The trunk space is 27 x 14 x 10 inches, enough for an airline carry-on bag or a golf bag with the rear seat down (47+ inches). The interior space consists of headroom of 39.8 inches driver and 36.4 inches passenger, seat width of 20.6 inches driver and 25.3 inches passenger; interior shoulder width of 26.8 inches; and legroom of 42.7 inches in the front seat and 33.1 inches in the rear seat.

Production[edit]

Elio Motors is based in Phoenix, Arizona and is preparing to manufacture its vehicles in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, using a portion of the former General Motors Shreveport Operations plant.[6] The company projects employment up to 1,500 at the Shreveport plant, with the initial hiring of 800 beginning in the second quarter of 2015.[7] Elio reports that 90% of the parts used in the vehicle will come from suppliers in North America. Production is projected to begin in the third quarter of 2015.[7] The company has begun taking reservations with a deposit on its website; as of November 2, 2014, more than 36,000 reservations have been made.[8]

On 2015 Jan 15 at Caddo Parish Commissioner Ken Epperson's district meeting, Paul Elio said they have raised $65M in capital, but need $230M more before production can begin. They are awaiting approval of a $185M loan from the Department of Energy Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing. They currently expect production to begin in the first half of 2016. The delay will mean Elio will miss the deadline to reserve their space in Shreveport's old GM plant. An extension of the deadline is possible. Elio also said more than 38,000 customers have taken reservations on cars.[9]

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