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Three-Wheel, 84 MPG Elio Moves Closer to Production

Start-up maker partners with Comau at Shreveport assembly plant.

by on Feb.11, 2014

Elio will sell the tadpole-shaped 3-wheeler for $6,800.

The quirky little 3-wheeled Elio, a low-cost, high-mileage vehicle named for its founder, has moved a step closer to production.

The start-up maker has contracted with Italy’s Comau to pull together the manufacturing operations at an old GM plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Though running a bit behind its original schedule, Elio Motors promises to have the new model in production by the fourth quarter of this year, with dealers set to start delivering the first vehicles by the beginning of 2015.

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“Comau technology is used by car manufacturers all over the world and Elio Motors is fortunate to have their expertise and experience as part of our team,” said Paul Elio, Founder and CEO of Elio Motors.

Elio describes the new car as “the next big thing in transportation.” It features two wheels up front and one in the back, and despite a promised starting price of just $6,800, it will offer three airbags, with the company aiming to earn a five-star federal crash rating.

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Start-Up Automaker Takes Over Old GM Plant

Elio promising an affordable 3-wheeler by 2014.

by on Jan.04, 2013

Elio plans to sell the tadpole-shaped 3-wheeler for just $6,800. It promises up to 84 mpg.

A small start-up that hopes to begin producing a new high-mileage automobile in mid-2014 has taken over an abandoned General Motors plant near Shreveport, Louisiana.

Elio Motors plans to use about a third of the 1.8 million square foot facility, one of 89 properties GM shuttered in the wake of its 2009 bankruptcy.  The company hopes to begin hiring the first of 1,500 new workers about a year from now, though it is unclear whether it will seek out the employees who previously staffed the GM facility.

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“We go into production 18 months from now, and so we will begin hiring around 12 months from now,” said Elio CEO Paul Elio.

The plans call for the production of a significantly different vehicle than what GM had previously built in Shreveport, which included a small Hummer SUV and, just before the factory’s closure, the midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups.  Elio is developing a tadpole-shaped 3-wheeler that promises to deliver high mileage for a low price tag.

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