Elio's tiny car gets 84 mpg and costs only $7,300 - here's what it was like
The Arizona-headquartered transport startup, with a factory in Louisiana, just started taking deposits on its first vehicle, a three-wheeler that's street-legal, made in the US, and will sell for just over $7,000. So far, over 60,000 people have plunked down some dough for a preorder, according to the company.
The idea is to provide basic mobility to folks who couldn't otherwise afford a basic set of wheels. The cheapest new car on sale in the US, the Nissan Versa, goes for over 10 grand.True, you could get a halfway decent used car for $7,000, but it probably wouldn't be as exotic as Elio's new machine. It also wouldn't get over 80 miles per gallon.
So what's the thing like? Well, it runs on gas and had a standard transmission, and two seats. Last year, Elio brought a prototype by our New York office, and we checked it out:
Photos by Hollis Johnson.