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 Post subject: Re: Elio Motors
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:06 pm 
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Elio doesn't need any brilliant new technology like Tesla did. Even with Tesla's high end price, I understand The company is not making any money yet. Elon Musk is extremely well financed.

Elio just needs to gear up to make a conventional automotive product in the USA to sell at 1/3 to 1/4 the price of similar but less sophisticated offerings from Bombardier for example. Can they do it? possibly, but I'll wait to buy a used one..

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 Post subject: Re: Elio Motors
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:21 pm 
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Duke wrote:
It might happen.

I recall people having similar reservations about the Tesla as well.


I wasn't paying attention in their pre-release years...did Tesla have a website soliciting 65,000 (non-refundable) deposits for 7+ years prior to releasing their first model? According to the Elio site they still have over 7K reservations to go so going by mathematical averages they still have about a year left on that angle.

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 Post subject: Re: Elio Motors
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:23 pm 
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In order to increase safety of the Elio, they used to build it with a high strength steel cage, and composite body panels.
Now, they say steel body panels and a solid body is safer.
So they switched out the high strength steel cage for a regular steel body.
This resulted in weight reduction over the previous design, and an overall much safer result in case of minor to medium crashes.

The only con of getting rid of the high strength steel cage is in serious crashes, eg: where the Elio will be squished between a truck and a car, or something.
I don't see no benefit from the change.
Then again, the composite body panels would break and possibly cut and injure the driver and passenger, while the steel body panels will bend; so that accidents will result in less open wounds.


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 Post subject: Re: Elio Motors
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:28 pm 
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I'm curious how they plan to keep the price low once DOT gets their mitts on the vehicle.

I submit the VW GX-3 as proof, it was a three wheeler tadpole car with side by side seating slated for the US market at a $18K MSRP. By the time DOT got done with it the vehicle would have come in at $25K and VW scrapped it.

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And of course Can Am comes along afterwards and releases the same thing at twice the size for $25K while conning the government to classify it as a motorcycle. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Elio Motors
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:30 pm 
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Yep 20-25K will be more like it, and those other 3 wheelers don't have a roof and air conditioning. so maybe we're over 30k for such a limited production vehicle.

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 Post subject: Re: Elio Motors
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... and then there's THIS option.....
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/12 ... 80210.html

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 Post subject: Re: Elio Motors
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:29 am 
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wheezeburnt wrote:
... and then there's THIS option.....
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/12 ... 80210.html


Goes as fast as a Rebel albeit with a 100 mile range and accommodates fewer occupants...the internal combustion engine still ain't skeered. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Elio Motors
PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:48 pm 
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I see Elio now has a national ad running on CNN. So I guess he does have a lot of money for marketing. $7300 is the introductory price advertised. Hmmm We shall see.

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 Post subject: Re: Elio Motors
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:38 am 
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Well, yeah...65K deposits received with nary a vehicle produced, it's pure profit at this point. :D

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