The Elio Trike - $6800, 80mpg, 107mph Top Speed

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by southwade, May 12, 2013.

  1. Ogre_fl

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  2. mngl1500

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    Wow just wow especially since LA is changing legislation to make it a car there for no helmet and also have car tabs. Plenty of other "car" motorcycles are in the market right now; but not at $6800 and 84mpg.

    One such "car" motorcycle is the Stallion made by Thoroughbred Motorsports. The big difference between this and the Elio is this is open, this uses a Ford powerplant, and this costs upwards of $30,000

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  3. mngl1500

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    And next Thursday I am only working part of the day to go to the Elio tour in MPLS. I will post pictures but there are a ton on Elio's facebook page from the other tour stops already.
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  4. SilkMoneyLove

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    I like the price, but I don't see how they can afford to sell it that cheaply. Rough guess, adding up new parts costs (engine, trans, wheels, body, gas tank...) I just think the final number will be around $12,000.

    That said, It looks like a great option. I have a Chevy Cruze right now and as time goes on and it wears out, I'll look for a smaller replacement.

    Right now, the Chevy Spark is on my list as a replacement, but I have years to go.

    Also, I could care less about AC (northland) but good HEAT is important here.
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  5. vt1099ace

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    Does it have a steering wheel or handlebars?
    oneway it's a car-like trike, the other is a trike-like car... :D

    the price is reasonable though...
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  7. southwade

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  8. camaroz1985

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    These are interesting. I think they could make it work if they could deliver for that price. I would be interested in one.
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  9. Bar None

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    No way they can deliver at that price. Last I knew the company has three employees. A bare bones Ural costs $10500 plus.

    They are looking for a government handout in 2013 like they tried in 2010.
    http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2010/03/17/news/local_news/doc4ba18a76ee4c7932610030.txt

    "Elio Motors has filed a $260 million grant application with the DOE, which has given the project a favorable review."

    "Last fall, the DOE loaned more than $500 million to Tesla and another $528 million to Fisker under the same program. " and you know what happened with those loans.
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  10. 100mpg

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    6800? That would be a miracle if they put the car out at that price. And I would buy one ASAP and start looking for a SMART diesel engine to throw in it. It would get over 100MPG!
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    Let's see: I get to live my dream until your money runs out. :augie
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  12. AR-TRVLR

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    I know. Tesla just repaid its' loan in full. Clearly all companies that take loans from the DOE are all in great shape.

    Oh, wait, did you really mean to paint with such a broad brush?
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  13. Bar None

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    Oh wait, Tesla has NOT repaid their loan but are attempting an IPO to get the money to repay the load soon.

    "Tesla Motors Inc. increased the size of its equity and debt offerings by 30 percent to as much as $1.08 billion to repay its U.S. loan and build up cash reserves."

    http://www.autonews.com/article/201...ing-to-repay-u-s-loan-hike-cash#axzz2TeZtmVtc

    "Tesla said it will use $452.4 million to repay an Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan."

    "Fisker missed a loan payment, and is at risk of bankruptcy after halting output last year and firing most of its staff last month."

    If these business plans are so wonderful then why can't they get start up funds from the market instead of welfare for the wealthy from the US government?

    And anyone that believes that Elio can build a three wheeled vehicle with the specs they claim for $6800 retail must still believe in Santa Claus.:rofl
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  14. villageidiot

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    I think it's possible, though not probable.
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  15. 100mpg

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    wait...theres no santa? wtf...:cry
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  16. Pugsley/Hobbfather

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    Of course, it's much better to continue to let GE, Exxon, ADM, Monsanto, and whoever else wants to not pay their taxes get away with billions in corporate welfare...

    ...but giving money to start-ups trying to do something new is a bad idea.

    Like GM and Chrysler (Kudos to Ford though, for not NEEDING a bailout), some will be able to pay things back, some won't.

    'Course, I didn't get a bail out when the economy tanked, but I'm not starting up anything that might help get us out of this fossil fueled mess either.

    Speaking of which, I need to find a good coal supplier in Central VT.

    Really! Blacksmithing is a better use for coal than electricity!:deal

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  17. windmill

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    Fair or not is a separate issue, but those mega corporations actually have products that are viable economically and in the market place.

    The problem with these "start-up" programs is they are for companies that don't actually have a viable product that is ready for prime time or even wanted by the market.
    Does anybody here actually think the general public will line up for this 3 wheeler like its a Prius?
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  18. Sidecarjohn

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    Pretty and an attractive proposition based upon the numbers being quoted, However, the math(s) don't add up. The visible stuff, wheels, tyres, suspension units, glass, and the body surely absorb much of the claimed asking price, even bought wholesale.
    I'd suggest there's got to be at least a 1 before the 6 figure at the beginning of the price ticket, and then they may have to double the resulting figure.
    :eek1
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  19. davet2

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    This is a good concept, but many of the automotive manufacturers have built similar concept vehicles in the past and decided there wasn't a big enough market and/or profitability for them. Of course a smaller start up may be successful building a low volume vehicle and I hope this one is. I wonder if the Corbin Sparrow would have been more successful with an internal combustion engine.
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  20. mngl1500

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    me and the wife were at the MPLS tour yesterday:

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