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Elio Motors Looks to Raise $100 Million with New Offering

Production date of three-wheeler pushed back to 2019.

by on Aug.07, 2017

The Elio will get 84 mpg when the three-wheeler hits the streets.

Paul Elio is still determined to make his three-wheeled dream a reality. Elio Motors, the much-ballyhooed company created to make it happen, is looking to raise as much as $100 million in a new public offering.

The Elio is a three-wheeled, two-seat car that was expected to get 84 mpg. The car was initially featured a target price of $6,800, but that’s risen since its introduction several years ago to $7,450. The car is produced in a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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In addition to asking for the $100 million, the company revealed in the filing that production vehicles will be unlikely to hit the road until 2019, which is a year later than the last estimate. More than 62,000 people have paid for reservations for the vehicles. (more…)

Elio 3-Wheeler Rolls Closer to Production

Late 2017 production start-up targeted.

by on Nov.17, 2016

The Elio E1C Prototype was manufactured using the tooling that will be very similar to that used for the final product.

While SUVs have dominated this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, green machines haven’t entirely vanished. And amidst all the battery-electric vehicles, there’s the little Elio, the high-mileage three-wheeler that’s expected to hit market at a mere $7,300.

Founder and namesake Paul Elio’s team took the wraps off the latest concept version of the vehicle during an L.A. preview, promising that this latest iteration, dubbed the E1C, moves the company a giant step closer to production.

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With a good chunk of funding in place and “over 62,000” advance registrations in hand,” Chief Marketing Officer Tim Andrews told his media audience that the latest prototype “helps us get the vehicle ready for manufacturing.” (more…)

Elio Offers Online Ordering Option

Three-wheeled carmaker following example of cell phone industry.

by on Mar.25, 2016

Future owners of the Elio three-wheeled car can use ePlus to add options to the vehicle.

Startup vehicle manufacturer Elio Motors Inc., which plans to launch a three-wheeled vehicle getting up to 84 miles per gallon, unveiled plans for ePlus that will allow customers interested in owning one of the firm’s edgy vehicles a way to personalize it to suit their individual taste.

“The current options system is broken at many levels,” said Elio Motors founder and CEO Paul Elio.

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“Traditionally if a customer wants one particular option, they have to accept three or four other options as part of the package, and that seriously limits customer choice and drives up cost to the customer. Much of the technology forced on customers, such as navigation or media equipment becomes antiquated in six months or less,” he said. (more…)

Elio Selling 100 Preproduction Models to Raise Cash

Company delays introduction of finished product until 2017.

by on Mar.15, 2016

Elio Motors is offering its three-wheeler for sale: sort of. It's selling 100 of the preproduction models to generate some cash.

The little three-wheeled car that could is actually coming to America’s roadways as expected in the fourth quarter of this year. Well, 100 of the preproduction models are anyway, although most of those won’t hit tarmac until next year.

Elio Motors announced in its most recent public filing that it plans to sell 100 of its preproduction models so it can generate cash for the company and get some real-world testing for the three-wheelers that are expected to get up to 84 mpg. The purchase price for these cars was not revealed.

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The company, which recently completed its first public stock offering raising more than $25 million, said during the Los Angeles Motor Show in November that it would begin deliveries of the car, which is going to be built in a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, in the fourth quarter of this year. (more…)

Elio Motors Launches National Ad Campaign

But production still many months away – if funding can be found.

by on Jan.27, 2016

Elio Motors takes another step toward reality with an ad campaign featuring two television commercials.

Expect to start seeing a flurry of ads from start-up automaker Elio Motors pitching the company’s unusual, three-wheeled model it plans to start selling for a base price of $6,800.

That is, of course, subject to a few caveats. For one thing, the Elio two-seater won’t go on sale until “late 2016,” the company says. And even that target date is a big if, company founder Paul Elio acknowledged during an interview at the L.A. Auto Show last November, noting that he has yet to come close to raising the capital needed to put the 84-mpg vehicle into production.

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It appears one of the goals of the new national ad campaign is to not just get more folks to place reservations on the Elio website, but also to use any new burst of interest to help convince potential lenders and investors to come onboard. (more…)

Elio Opens Stock Offering to Public

Start-up falls short in initial fundraising effort.

by on Dec.03, 2015

The latest Elio prototype made its debut at the LA Auto Show just last month.

Willing to risk some cash to help bring a radical new automotive concept to market? Does Paul Elio have a deal for you.

The founder and CEO of start-up Elio Motors has announced that his newly public company is opening up its first stock offering to the general public in a bid to raise $25 million. That would allow it to take the next in a series of steps that could bring to market a 2-seat car capable of getting 84 miles per gallon and costing just $6,800.

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Elio Motors revealed the latest prototype, dubbed the P5, at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month and said it hopes to stick with its plan to begin production at an old GM plant in Shreveport, Louisiana by late next year.

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Elio Brings 84 mpg, $6,800 3-Wheeler a Big Step Closer to Production

Detroit start-up going public, hopes to raise cash infusion needed to launch plant.

by on Nov.19, 2015

The near production-ready Elio.

L.A. Auto Show-goers are getting a first look at the production version of the unusual 3-wheel hyper-miler planned by Detroit start-up Elio Motors.

The company is finally testing a version of the two-seater — which is expected to get around 84 miles per gallon – using its own, unique engine. And it plans to launch production at an old General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, by the fourth quarter of 2016. But there is a catch.

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Founder and CEO Paul Elio told TheDetroitBureau.com his company has so far locked down only $75 million in funding, a quarter of what it needs to start its assembly line. It thinks it has commitments to bring that up to $100 million, but must yet find the rest of the funding.

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Elio Three-Wheeler to Hit US Roads Next Year

Fifth-gen prototype begins testing and validation trials.

by on Jun.09, 2015

Elio Motors announced it expects to have its three-wheeler ready for production in the middle of next year.

Elio Motors, a start up that’s been given up for dead more than once during the past seven years, says it has begun work on its fifth generation prototype of its light-weight, ultra high-mileage vehicle, which is now slated to reach production next year.

The company is targeting a launch date of mid-2016 for its three-wheeled “car” that will get up to 84 mpg and is expected to retail for $6,800. The P5 is being developed using funds raised through a provision of the Jobs Act of 2012, which allows accredited investors to buy in to Elio Motors.

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The P5 is the first in a series of 26 prototypes, codenamed P5 through P30 that will be developed for a variety of testing and validation purposes, according to Paul Elio, the company’s founder, who has persevered against some long odds to get the his vehicle to the pre-production stage. (more…)

Elio Three-Wheeler Takes Next Step toward Reality

Maker using Pep Boys to service vehicles.

by on May.02, 2014

Elio Motors announced three guys named Manny, Moe and Jack, aka the Pep Boys, will handle the servicing of its three-wheelers.

Elio Motors’ three-wheeled car took another step toward fruition with the announcement that three guys named Manny, Moe and Jack will handle the servicing needs for future owners.

The yet-to-be-built car’s service needs will be handled by Pep Boys and its 800 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico. Pep Boys’ locations will service approximately 90% of all Elio Motors’ customers. The company is evaluating service options in remaining markets.

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“Providing a convenient and professional service experience is one of the most important elements in creating an overall positive customer ownership experience, so this is a crucial step on our development,” said Paul Elio, CEO of Elio Motors. (more…)

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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