Elio Motors: To reserve or not? Nearly 12,000 say yes

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Elio Motors: To reserve or not? Nearly 12,000 say yes

Michael James

Overhead views of the Elio Motors concept vehicle.

Interest in the yet-unnamed Elio Motors’ $6,800 three-wheel vehicle, scheduled for delivery in 2015, continues to steadily increase.

According the the company’s website, nearly 12,000 prospective buyers have paid deposits from $100 to $1,000 and with refundable and non-refundable options.

A non-refundable reservation provides customers with an additional discount worth 50 percent of the initial deposit (a $1,000 deposit would receive an additional $500 toward the price of a vehicle at the time of purchase).

Overhead views of the Elio Motors concept vehicle.
Overhead view of the Elio Motors’ concept vehicle.

Although refundable deposits can be made, more than 80 percent of customers have opted for the non-refundable reservation

Overall, the reservation options are varied and are offered with and elaborate formula. Here’s the link:

Elio Motors Reservations

The vehicle, according to the manufacturer, will achieve 84 miles per gallon fuel efficiency and is “engineered to achieve a 5-star crash test safety rating.”

Elio Motors is describing the futuristic-looking vehicle as “perfect for individual commuters looking for an inexpensive and fuel efficient mode of transportation, but who also yearn for a unique expression of their passion for driving.”

Elio has identified several driving segments of the public ideally suited for its pending vehicle:

* People who have large vehicles for family reasons, but find themselves driving to and from work without any passengers nearly every day;
* College students who need a low-cost option for getting to and from campus;
* Vacationers who want a second vehicle for running errands on weekends at the cottage;
* Environmentalists who want to reduce carbon emissions;
* People who want to see the United States reduce dependence on foreign oil;
* Owners of low-mileage “clunkers” who would realize a net gain financially by purchasing one of Elio Motors’ vehicles.

Article Last Updated: April 22, 2014.

7 thoughts on “Elio Motors: To reserve or not? Nearly 12,000 say yes”

  1. I would like to order a Elio car I am in Sydney Australia my contact details are Denis Rowan 25 Kathleen Avenue Castle Hill NSW 2154 [email protected] can you keep me informed when the vehicle will be available .Thank you.

  2. My dad was hit head-on by a drunk driver. At the time, he was driving a Lincoln town car. The police told him if he were driving something smaller he would have been killed. Pardon the pun, but I wouldn’t be caught dead driving one.

    • Chief, glad to hear your dad survived. The reality is that the police are not experts in crash survivability. With the airbags and expected safety ratings of this vehicle, the survivability goes way up versus a typical small car or motorcycle. The truth is: I am willing to bet 99% of the population will never be in that situation. We can all live in fear of that happening, but people die in all vehicles.

    • Vehicle size/mass is not predictive of crash survivability and police are neither automotive engineers nor clairvoyant.

  3. Well, Chief. One would think that one should have a smaller more agile vehicle that has the ability to maneuver away from people who drink fire water and drive.

  4. When the Elio was first mentioned in the news I ordered one “All In”. As a Motorcycle Rider, an Elio will be MUCH Better and Safer. Engineers and Statistics will show this to be true.


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