Test drive: 84mpg car that is sort of like a 3 wheel motocycle with a NASCAR roll cage body

  • Advertise with us

« back to Coffee Lounge forum

Forum topic by Dan'um Style posted 03-22-2014 06:06 PM 2801 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

14193 posts in 5315 days

03-22-2014 06:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip resource

They predict a 5 star crash rating. I hope it comes true. I spend about 1600 miles a month alone in my car. This would cut my gas money by a 2/3 and increase my “keeping myself entertained time” by that much too.
Sure, it’s great that manufacturers are offering fuel-economy specials of existing compact and subcompact, non-hybridized models. Not only does such a concept improve mileage without compromising driving dynamics by adding heavy batteries and electric motors, but they’re cheap when compared to their gas-electric brethren, too. That’s why we’re intrigued by Elio Motors, a startup promising a brand-new fuel-miser for the cost of a decade-old Toyota Corolla.

Yes, for the low, low cost of $6800, you can have yourself an Elio 3-Wheeler: a two-seat three-wheeler powered by a 900-cc three-cylinder that’s estimated to deliver 84 mpg on the highway. Elio says that its eight-gallon fuel tank is enough to get one of its cars from Detroit to New York, some 650 miles away, without refueling.

Founder Paul Elio believes that at this price point, his brand could see annual sales of 250,000. To help meet this goal, Elio purchased a million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Shreveport, Louisiana, formerly inhabited by General Motors.

So far, Elio has received more than 12000 orders. That’s nowhere near the brand’s theoretical production capacity, but it’s not an insignificant number for an automaker that’s yet to sell a single car. With production expected to begin this December, we’ll be eager to see how that number grows.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

21 replies so far

View Wolfeman6's profile


4 posts in 2859 days

#1 posted 03-22-2014 06:44 PM

Almost looks like a reversed Reliant Robin or a Spyder with a cover. :)

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30660 posts in 3670 days

#2 posted 03-22-2014 06:59 PM

For commuters it would be great. I would be happy to have one.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View Bluepine38's profile


3393 posts in 4417 days

#3 posted 03-22-2014 07:46 PM

Would be ok in late spring, summer, and early fall, but do not think it would make a good winter car in snow
country. At that price and MPG it would pay for itself. A friend is making his car payment on the new
Toyata with a CVT transmission on the money he and his wife are saving on their gas bill.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

View Gerald Thompson's profile

Gerald Thompson

1309 posts in 3567 days

#4 posted 03-22-2014 07:58 PM

I wonder what the crash test dummies will look like?

-- Jerry

View Oldtool's profile


3401 posts in 3523 days

#5 posted 03-22-2014 08:19 PM

Be careful, ads are always deceiving in that they only tout the good points. For example: the “estimated” 84 mpg highway really means when driven on a flat smooth road with no hills or other conditions that reduce mileage, and it is ESTIMATED, not in any way guaranteed. See if they advertise an estimated city mpg, that will be closer to what owners actually experience.
Don’t know what part of the world you’ll be driving thus in, but how’s the heater in cold climates?, and what kind of traction does it get in the winter snow?
Other considerations; will you always only need a one seater?, if you do rake it on the highway, what is the acceptation merging into traffic? What is the convenience for parts and service?
I guess I used up my time on, so I’ll close out.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

View DrDirt's profile


4615 posts in 5074 days

#6 posted 03-22-2014 08:22 PM

But how would I carry 4X8 sheets of plywood??

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5849 posts in 4917 days

#7 posted 03-22-2014 09:30 PM

What a cheap,flimsy looking car LOL .It might be fun though to try out at the dodgems on the fairground but for long distance driving and safetythat thing looks like it would flip over easy in a strong breezeThree wheelers have been tried many times and always been very much third rate with no resell value or at least a very greatly diminished resell value. Besides I just sold my volvo which stated that it got seventy miles per gallon on a run .I could never get it to do anywhere near that nearer to fifty five IMHO. Our youngest son Ewen has just bought his first ever new car ,and it is just a vauxhall corsa with a one thousand cc engine which gets according to the papers it states it will get sixty to the gallon.It is at least a well proven safe car to drive .He gets it on monday and is super thrilled .I hope he has a few good safe years with it as he just passed his driving test last year.I would not feel safe if he was driving this three wheeled contraption sorry my 2 cents ,but I genuinely perhaps mistakenly feel exactly that.They do not come out well if struck by another car .Steering is sometimes problematic also,which has been well proven over many years, both here and in Germany were they started with the bubble car messerschmidt.It does look tremendous fun though I will say that but safety is everything where your children are concerned sorry LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


23265 posts in 5008 days

#8 posted 03-22-2014 09:39 PM

The smaller cars get, the worse the drivers are drive in traffic! I actually had one exit behind my truck last month rather than cut in front while slamming on the brakes. It is truly amazing how many of these idiots bet their life the operators of large vehicles are alert and paying attention. That looks like a one seater, so the driver will be betting one life.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View wooded's profile


371 posts in 3604 days

#9 posted 03-22-2014 10:37 PM

Can you say Roger Rabbity?.......;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

View IrreverentJack's profile


728 posts in 4175 days

#10 posted 03-23-2014 12:17 AM

Please delete.

View IrreverentJack's profile


728 posts in 4175 days

#11 posted 03-23-2014 12:32 AM

Here’s the Elio website. The car has two seats, front engine and front wheel drive. Like Gus says, it might be too interesting to drive in snow. After a drive in this winter it would need a heated garage or those front wheels/fenders/suspension/driveshafts would freeze solid and I can’t see kicking them real hard to knock the ice off. That said, I think it is a good idea and should be successful. The site says you can buy it with no money down. Get an Elio credit card and buy all your gas with it, then make a monthly payment of three times that. 1/3 of the payment would be for gas 2/3 for you car payment. I don’t know if that is a good idea, but it shows these folks aren’t afraid of doing things differently. -Jack

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

14193 posts in 5315 days

#12 posted 03-23-2014 12:47 AM

I can’t wait to test drive one.
Bet the test dummies last allot better then on a motorcycle.
Three air bags in the car and a steel NASCAR roll cage.
Limited top end of 107 mph.
Will be released in December so we shall see about the heater and the snow, but take those fenders off and put on some chains and bet it will really well in the north.
Front wheel drive. German 900c engine.
Available upgrades include leather interior, navigation system and Bose Stereo.
84 highway and 49 city. Hoping this is the real deal.
Yup. If it feels like more entertainment then my Corolla’s 32 mpg then I’ll have 4 cars.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

View Grumpy's profile


26812 posts in 5183 days

#13 posted 03-23-2014 01:04 AM

I would question the 5 Star crash rating but a nice little unit.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

View IrreverentJack's profile


728 posts in 4175 days

#14 posted 03-23-2014 01:28 AM

Hoping this is the real deal

Dan- With such a small space the heat and AC might be very good. Tire chains work well at low speeds but needing to use them sucks . Hope they make a good studded tire in that size.

The price, mileage, crash rating and roll out date will probably change a little. Will you need a motorcycle licence to drive it?

View redSLED's profile


790 posts in 3225 days

#15 posted 03-23-2014 01:50 AM

What!! 1-person commuting in a vehicle that doesn’t weigh more than 3000 lbs. and doesn’t have 14 air bags! This sounds wrong. And it’s price is too low – too many people might buy them and have extra disposable income left over to pay off debt faster which would hurt banks and lenders. I hope they don’t also plan to a make this a plug-in electric car one day – I mean, only hipster-vegan tree-hugggers would drive those, right?

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.” – Benjamin Franklin

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

showing 1 through 15 of 21 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics