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Coda1

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 9:27:15 PM

www.eliomotors.com

Interesting vehicle with great gas mileage. They say they will be in production by July 2014. I've seen some sites saying they will be made with 95% American parts. If they get good reviews when they come out I might buy one.
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Coda1
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 10:11:30 PM

In an email they sent out today they list the motor as 60 HP and 55 ft-lbs of torque. I believe they are still using a Geo Metro motor in there prototype so they don't know exactly how the performance will be with their own motor. I don't think they will have their own motor built until June.
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2014 1:10:59 PM

I understand Elio moved the headlights inboard to reduce drag. Also, I've been following the videos and there seems to be some disagreement about the engine's horsepower. I've heard 55 and 70 horsepower estimates.

There are so many questions to be answered. How much does the automatic reduce power and gas mileage? How good is it on the hills? Can it maintain expressway speeds when the interstates pass through rolling terrain?

It will be very nice to see more information.

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Coda1
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2014 3:35:22 PM

4th prototype is done and the reservations are now over 8100.
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 6:44:55 PM

"Seats 2 in line as long a #2 isn't too big."

check out some of the youtube vids... the rear seat is pretty roomy
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 6:17:47 PM

It will be very interesting to see how the aftermarket responds to this car. Will upgrade items like engine parts and brake components become available. That would make things a lot more interesting. They definitely need to make a GPS unit available.
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Coda1
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 10:52:32 AM

Fourth prototype is coming out in less then a month. Reservations are now over 6000.
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 12:01:46 PM

Seats 2 in line as long a #2 isn't too big.
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BBF_PFS
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 11:50:48 AM

Good ride for urbanites.
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Gypsy_tech
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 11:43:41 AM

They look safe enough. The large rear crumple zone and stability with a 5-star rating make them safer then an older Chevy Blazer for example. Look up deaths per million vehicles if you think I'm crazy but they would be safer than a motorcycle for sure and keep you dry in the rain. Cheaper than a new Harley or Goldwing so I'm thinking they'll never make a profit on the price they are quoting. That mpg is going to be hard to obtain also.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2013 7:44:26 AM

I still want one
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dvc2
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2013 3:04:07 AM

I'll pass, it looks like a death trap.
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2013 11:07:12 AM

I'd be very interested in one of these rides but I probably wouldn't spend much time on the expressways with it.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2013 12:14:13 AM

I want one now but wont hold my breath until I see moving truth!
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2013 11:03:39 PM

We'll see
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2013 1:19:31 AM

They "hope" to start production next year, but presently they've secured $50 million in financing and collected a few million more from reservations. Only $145 million more needed to start production. I'm not holding my breath.
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2013 12:45:49 PM

Interesting alternative to hair in the wind bike.
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2013 11:23:00 AM

very interesting
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2013 10:29:57 AM

I want one now.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2013 9:07:43 AM

I ment to say I WANT ONE NOW!!!!!!!
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2013 9:06:50 AM

I want on NOW!
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2013 8:44:44 AM

Okay.
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Banjoe
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2013 8:34:06 AM

Any update on how this company is doing?
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 9:27:12 AM

With it being similar to the Can-Am except for the enclosed cockpit, I seriously doubt they can bring it to market for a third of the price of the Spyder.
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 11:55:10 AM

might make a good golf cart.
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 8:32:14 AM

Looks like a good alternative to a motorcycle.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 7:57:45 AM

Lets all rush out and buy one since it is American made.
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forresj
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 9:55:35 AM

It doesn't look safe in a rear-end collision with a truck.
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speedy700
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 9:15:32 AM

I would rather drive my motorcycle than that vehicle.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 8:52:06 AM

Uh-huh ... tell me just how good it is, as the tops of the tires on that 18-wheeler going by are taller than your head. Might be great if EVERYONE drove something like that, but they don't
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2013 4:30:10 PM

If they ever get it built, and get exemptions from the helmet laws, and they can really sell it at a profit for $6800, they'll still have to contend with the general public's nervousness about driving something that small in traffic with much larger vehicles. Sturdy as it may be, getting people to feel safe in it is a big hurdle.

"looks like a 900cc triple it'll have some torque and get up hills and such."

That's considerably smaller than most touring bikes and cruisers, and smaller than the engine in my Metro, but it does boast the same horsepower. Depending on what it weighs (and how much the passenger and driver weigh) it might not be too bad on hills, but I wouldn't expect a lot in that regard.



[Edited by: HotRod10 at 9/27/2013 4:38:56 PM EST]
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33gort33
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 8:50:51 AM

looks like a 900cc triple it'll have some torque and get up hills and such.

Front drive will be the bee knees.

I'll wait until I can drive one - but for $6800 it piques my interest even it if was marginal in its per-production speak.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2013 2:44:22 PM

Since we have some still hills in my area, I'd be very interested in how well the Elio can climb. And while the concept is good, the colors do seem to leave something to be desired.
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2013 2:41:49 PM

MERTIEMAN: Your link has nothing to do with this topic.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2013 5:27:47 AM

Everyone will surely rush out and buy one of these.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2013 10:57:37 PM

Depending upon the price range, I would consider one for driving to and from work.
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Coda1
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2013 9:28:43 PM

I now have a $100 refundable deposit on one. I want to see the final production version before committing any more.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2013 8:00:51 AM

I would give it serious consideration. The price is in the same range as buying a motorcycle.
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2013 7:31:06 AM

I find it hard to believe they can sell this for that price! I wish them well.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 8:06:17 AM

I hope they sell a lot of them.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 7:30:04 AM

I found out that this is an American made vehicle. I hope they sell a million the first week. My apologies for thinking it was foreign made.
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 12:59:41 PM

It looks a lot like an enclosed Can Am Spyder, but the Spyder is more than twice what this will supposedly cost. I have to wonder if it will actually sell for $6800, and if it does, how can it be so much cheaper? They use terms like "will be" and "will have", so it'll be interesting to see what the production model looks like and how much it really sells for. If they can do what they say they can do for the price they've quoted, it should be fairly popular.

It looks as if it may be using the same engine as the SMART, so if the rest of the emissions system is similar it may not have a problem with meeting emissions standards.

It may have more trouble with the crash tests; anticipating a 5 star rating may be a bit too optimistic.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 10:08:01 AM

Just save your urea if you intend to buy one, possibly add another second cat system for a thousand more $$ next year along with options available?..
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 7:53:04 AM

This possibly can't be sold in the USA because of pollution standards.
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 1:17:41 AM

I'll give this some thought, but I might do the $1,000 investment package where you get $1500 off purchase price. At 6800 dollars that's dirt cheap, and I could keep my gas guzzler for winter, or times i need more space. Fuel efficiency of a motorcycle with some car practicality.
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 12:30:12 AM

so it's a cheaper version of a t-rex 3 wheeled motorcycle?

t rex
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 9:24:12 PM

Heat/A/C that should capture a few two wheeler enthusiasts where I live! Hope it has disc brakes.
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 9:34:17 AM

Sounds a lot like the little Isetta cars they had back in the 1950's. Not a car for the freeway
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 9:33:00 AM

Sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I would feel safe in it. I'd rather take may chances on a motorcycle.
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 8:02:51 AM

What a hoot! Not super city mileage but, at $6,800, it's a cheap city vehicle.

No surprise that a windshield wiper was included in the base price but AC & radio are too so that's some nice marketing.

3 airbags should take the sting out of parking lot bang ups but highway accidents will be as dangerous as in any other tin box.

Definitely a vehicle that needs to be checked out.

Thanks for posting this, Coda1
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 7:44:03 AM

Not certain if this safe enough to be used for long distance travel. Ideal for just local travel.

[Edited by: forresj at 8/5/2013 7:46:00 AM EST]
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