If the Elio Motors concept vehicle is launched, its buyers will have a nationwide official service provider, Pep Boys.
The automotive aftermarket retailer has more than 800 service centers in 35 states and in Puerto Rico, and it will cover 90 percent of the markets where the start-up Elio Motors vehicles will be sold.
Elio Motors will service vehicles at its company owned stores in remaining markets.
For more than one year, Elio has promoted its three-wheel vehicle. The company claims it will have a price tag of $6,800, fuel efficiency of 84 miles per gallon and a top speed of 100 mph.
“Pep Boys’ rich history, dating nearly 100 years, makes the company a cultural icon, and a well-known and trusted brand to our future customers,” said Paul Elio, CEO of Elio Motors. “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.”
In addition to launching a new vehicle, Elio Motors will create more than 1,500 jobs at its manufacturing facility in Shreveport, La., help reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil and provide a more environmentally friendly transportation solution for American drivers.
Initial customer enthusiasm for Elio Motors is high. More than 15,000 people have made reservations for the vehicle. The company has nearly 120,000 Facebook fans and is averaging more than 250,000 unique visitors per month to its web site this year.
Currently, the vehicle prototype is on a 33-city nationwide tour, introducing the vehicle to potential customers.
Founded by car enthusiast Paul Elio in 2008, Elio Motors Inc. represents a revolutionary approach to manufacturing an ultra-high-mileage vehicle.
In addition to its anticipated efficiency, the Elio will include a strong list of standard features: power windows and air conditioning, multiple air bags and an enclosed vehicle body.