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Elio Motors three-wheeler release and production woes

Since the launch of the Polaris Slingshot at the start of the week there has been a renewed interest in Elio Motors three-wheeler release, as it would be a far cheaper option for those of you wishing to have some fun on three wheels. However, there seems to be a few production woes from the general public, and some of them have been contacting us to share their thoughts.

Will the Elio ever be sold to customers? This seems to be the question that has been debated and there doesn’t seem to be a huge belief in Elio Motors promise of releasing its three-wheeler for $7,000. Here are a few reasons why in the words of some Product-reviews readers.

One of our readers said, “Elio has now pushed the production of its car back once again, making it the fourth time. Delivery is now expected September 2015, which is funny considering the original date was the fall of 2012.”

Another reader has commented saying, “Elio has only managed to raise around the quarter of the $200 needed to begin production, hence the delays.” If this is the case, then if they do not have the funding today, then there is no way a delivery date of September 2015 will be met.

The reason why is because getting the tooling and setting up the assembly line takes time, and that’s without training the staff to manufacture these vehicles. You might think a year is a long time, but it isn’t when you take those things into consideration.

Then there is the Elio price, as another reader said, “Getting a vehicle like this with features such as air bags, traction control and the sort of expected performance will come at a price greater than around $7,000.” There is always doubt when someone comes along and states they can produce a vehicle that is almost half the price of the competition. Let’s just see what happens because they could surprise us, especially as there is already a fourth prototype, which the media has tested.

What do you think the chances are of the Elio Motors three-wheeler being released next year?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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scruffy
scruffy

Saw the Elio at the Barrett Jackson auction in Phoenix…Impressive – and we, like many others, signed up..We were told they would start production in 2016…After reading online material about the company and car, have my doubts..But, if they can, and we get one – we’ll be tickled!!

Richard Skelly
Richard Skelly

Wikipedia: Elio Motors is an American startup automaker founded in 2008 by Paul Elio. Why are we still hearing about this lame want to be of a nothing. Its been starting up for 7 years now.

Elio has released their “definitive” 2016 model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, even though the electric-looking three-wheeler is gasoline powered. A Consumer Electronics Show? How retarded is that? Oh boy 2016.

Tom Buyea -- Fla.News service
Tom Buyea -- Fla.News service

As to being able to sell it for around $7,000 about three years ago I was waiting for a bus in front of a Chevrolet dealership and looking at the least expensive Chevrolet parked rite behind me on the lot a basic 4 door hatchback 3 or 4 cylinder five speed stick with AC, Made in South Korea for Chevrolet to all the USA safety standards An elderly car salesman saw me looking at the price sticker which was $12,750 and said don’t pay any attention to that price sticker, I can get you one of those for $7,000, I… Read more »

MarkinTX
MarkinTX

I have confidence that Elio will be a significant success and will deliver in 2015. I also believe that we will be seeing the traditional automobile companies, both American and foreign, scramble to get competing products to market and chasing Elio’s lead. Elio will succeed. After all, they are Americans… 😉

Jon Krüger
Jon Krüger

Vaporware!

Doc
Doc

What are the chances? About the same as the Titanic docking in New York harbor!!

Richard Skelly
Richard Skelly

Zero chance that you will see them on the road in 2015.

Kent
Kent

Elio should be half the price as it is half a car. Elio also has the advantage that it doesn’t have layer after layer of corporate executives sucking up the gravy. If you knew the true marginal cost of producing a car, you would understand that this is very doable and a great idea that should have happened decades ago if not for the innovation stifling management of Corporate America.

Kent Beuchert
Kent Beuchert

There obviously is quite a lack of knowledge about the Elio and its circumstnces, some referring to events two or ven three years ago as their latest information. The engine Elio had to design and build, since the only three cylinder pit there was out of produciton and also out of date, has been completed and prototypes made for testng by IAV, one of the world’s very best independent engineering frms, and they also wil designand build the tranies – in fact the entire drivetrain is in ther very capable hands. Now how anyne can know this (may don’t) and… Read more »

hambdiscus
hambdiscus

The Elio will never hit the market for anywhere near the rumored $7000 price tag. It is doubtful whether it will hit the market at all.

Polaris is not a company run by idealists and if they market a 3-wheeler, very spartan and with rear wheel drive (rear drive is significantly easier and cheaper to engineer/build) and feel that a $20,000 price is profitable, then how can Mr. Elio promise a much more sophisticated design for 1/3 the price?

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