Elio-E electric tricycle will push the gasoline Elio-G – DRIVE

The Phoenix, Arizona-based firm has been treating the public with “breakfast” since 2012: the start of sales is postponed almost every year, although it has collected “more than 65,000 orders.” Development stuck in 2016 at the gasoline stage prototype (pictured), while the company itself in 2017 turned out on the verge of bankruptcy.

CEO Elio Motors Paul Ilio broke a three-year silence: “We never stopped working to make our dream come true. The market has changed, with investors and consumers looking for innovative, environmentally friendly and affordable electric vehicles. We have a great option that will appeal to a very large segment. ”

The company and its partner Roush Performance are convinced that the Elio-G gasoline tricycle can be the basis for the electric version of the Elio-E starting at $ 14,900 (1.08 million rubles). In addition, the former GM plant in Shreveport, Louisiana is still on lease from Elio Motors along with “critical” equipment. Elio-E launch dates have not been announced.

The three-wheeled electric car is shown exclusively in renders. It differs from the gasoline Elio-G only in the absence of a grill on the nose. Dimensions: 4077 × 1918 × 1377 mm, wheelbase – 2794, ground clearance – 146 mm. There are 135/80 R15 tires in the front, 175/65 R15 tires in the back. There are no other characteristics yet.

Now all the forces of Elio Motors will be thrown into the development, testing and production of an electric car. If the Elio-E succeeds, the Elio-G will appear on the showcase as a worthy alternative. The prototype was equipped with a three-cylinder aspirated 0.9 (55 hp, 74 N • m) paired with “mechanics” or “automatic” Aisin. It is not clear which unit works in the end. More or less successful tricycle can be called Morgan 3 Wheeler, and battery mods collect pre-orders at best, like Nobe 100 and Daymak Spiritus.

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