ELIO CAR $6800

Three-wheel car boasts up to 84mpg for $6,800

By  Published: Sep 5, 2013 at 7:13 PM PST Last Updated: Sep 9, 2013 at 8:19 AM PST
Three-wheel car boasts up to 84mpg for $6,800»PLAY VIDEO

Up to 84 miles to the gallon on the highway, and 60 mpg on average,  for only $6,800?

That’s the promise of a first-of-its-kind,  three-wheel car called “Elio.” The Elio is named after Paul Elio, founder of Elio Motors.

The company is on a nationwide tour to show off its creation, get feedback and, of course, drum up investors and buyers. 

For now, they’re traveling with a prototype, which is the only version of the Elio that exists. It has two tires in front and one tire in the back. Retail Sales VP Jerome Vassallo says all the power is in the front.

“All our power comes from the front wheels,  so we’re a front-engine, front wheel drive vehicle,” he said.

The regular passenger car tires and bumpers in front are positioned away from the vehicle’s narrow body.  There’s only one door — on the driver’s side. And there’s no rear-view mirror.  Vassallo points out the narrow body construction allows a full rear view through the two side view mirrors. The two seats in the vehicle are tandem, so the passenger sits directly behind the driver. The transmission is manual. So is the steering.


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