The Truth About Cars » Elio Motors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Elio Motors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Elio Motors Brings Latest Prototype, Stock Sale & Other News to Detroit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/elio-motors-brings-latest-prototype-stock-sale-news-detroit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/elio-motors-brings-latest-prototype-stock-sale-news-detroit/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1266137 The small crew of folks who make up Elio Motors brought the latest, fifth generation, developmental prototype of their reverse trike to the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Paul Elio gave a press conference going over what progress the company has made moving towards actual production, including some details about their recent stock […]

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The small crew of folks who make up Elio Motors brought the latest, fifth generation, developmental prototype of their reverse trike to the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Paul Elio gave a press conference going over what progress the company has made moving towards actual production, including some details about their recent stock […]

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Elio Motors: NHTSA Proposal to Regulate Three-wheelers as Cars ‘Would Not Apply’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/elio-motors-nhtsa-proposal-regulate-three-wheelers-cars-not-apply/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/elio-motors-nhtsa-proposal-regulate-three-wheelers-cars-not-apply/#comments Sat, 09 Jan 2016 15:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1260297 My late father told me that few people are as passionate as converts who’ve become disaffected. Some of the most vocal critics of the Elio Motors startup are former supporters, people who put down money on reservations, only to be disappointed by repeated delays in starting production. Paul Elio most recently said production is slated […]

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My late father told me that few people are as passionate as converts who’ve become disaffected. Some of the most vocal critics of the Elio Motors startup are former supporters, people who put down money on reservations, only to be disappointed by repeated delays in starting production. Paul Elio most recently said production is slated […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Elio’s Already on Thin Ice; Magna and Getrag Seal Their Deal, No Normal Buyer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-elios-already-thin-ice-magna-getrag-seal-deal-no-normal-buyer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-elios-already-thin-ice-magna-getrag-seal-deal-no-normal-buyer/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 17:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1259121 Regulators may rain on Elio’s parade even before they got started. That, Volvo takes a serious stab at full-size luxury conventional wisdom, the big get bigger and Ford’s hybrids only go so far … after the break! Elio may be out, before it was even in The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering a […]

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Regulators may rain on Elio’s parade even before they got started. That, Volvo takes a serious stab at full-size luxury conventional wisdom, the big get bigger and Ford’s hybrids only go so far … after the break! Elio may be out, before it was even in The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering a […]

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Arcimoto Announces Production Plans for $11,900 Electric Reverse Trike http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/arcimoto-announces-production-plans-11900-electric-reverse-trike/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/arcimoto-announces-production-plans-11900-electric-reverse-trike/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1216777 I guess I cover the reverse trike beat here at TTAC. It started with a post about a Chinese death trap three-wheeler I’d seen advertised. In the comments to that post, one of our readers suggested looking into the Elio project. We’ve done that a few times since then, including an exclusive review of one of […]

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I guess I cover the reverse trike beat here at TTAC. It started with a post about a Chinese death trap three-wheeler I’d seen advertised. In the comments to that post, one of our readers suggested looking into the Elio project. We’ve done that a few times since then, including an exclusive review of one of […]

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Elio Unbans Facebook Critics, Has $17 Million Pledged From Small Investors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/elio-unbans-facebook-critics-17-million-pledged-small-investors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/elio-unbans-facebook-critics-17-million-pledged-small-investors/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109801 Businesses aren’t the only groups of people who try to influence what we publish here. TTAC has been getting emails from a number of people who put deposits down on the yet-to-be-produced Elio trike, only to become disillusioned after production has been pushed back a number of times. There are at least a couple of Facebook […]

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Businesses aren’t the only groups of people who try to influence what we publish here. TTAC has been getting emails from a number of people who put deposits down on the yet-to-be-produced Elio trike, only to become disillusioned after production has been pushed back a number of times. There are at least a couple of Facebook […]

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Elio Starts Build on Prototype with Production Drivetrain http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/elio-starts-build-prototype-production-drivetrain/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/elio-starts-build-prototype-production-drivetrain/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1088713 In today’s crowdsourced and Instagrammed era, companies are always looking to create some buzz, so Elio Motors can be excused for publicizing the fact it’s starting to build its fifth prototype of its proposed super-economical enclosed tandem reverse trike. Actually, it’s a fairly significant step as what they are calling P5 will be the first Elio vehicle powered by […]

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In today’s crowdsourced and Instagrammed era, companies are always looking to create some buzz, so Elio Motors can be excused for publicizing the fact it’s starting to build its fifth prototype of its proposed super-economical enclosed tandem reverse trike. Actually, it’s a fairly significant step as what they are calling P5 will be the first Elio vehicle powered by […]

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Tesla Gains Renewed Support From FTC For Direct Sales Model http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/tesla-gains-renewed-support-ftc-direct-sales-model/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/tesla-gains-renewed-support-ftc-direct-sales-model/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 17:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1066378 In its battles for the right to sell its wares directly to consumers, Tesla has found a valuable ally in the Federal Trade Commission. Though the FTC has supported Tesla in the past, the agency recently reemphasized its pro-direct sales stance via a post regarding a new proposal working through the Michigan Legislature allowing so-called […]

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In its battles for the right to sell its wares directly to consumers, Tesla has found a valuable ally in the Federal Trade Commission. Though the FTC has supported Tesla in the past, the agency recently reemphasized its pro-direct sales stance via a post regarding a new proposal working through the Michigan Legislature allowing so-called […]

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A Tale of Two Automotive Startups in the City: Elio Motors and Lyons Motor Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/tale-two-automotive-startups-city-elio-motors-lyons-motor-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/tale-two-automotive-startups-city-elio-motors-lyons-motor-car/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1040553 Most of the big news at the 2015 New York International Auto Show took place on the first day of the media preview, with the introduction of the Cadillac CT6, production bound Lincoln Continental and Honda Civic concepts and an all-new Chevy Malibu, as well as the Porsche 911 fighting McLaren 570S. With that in […]

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Most of the big news at the 2015 New York International Auto Show took place on the first day of the media preview, with the introduction of the Cadillac CT6, production bound Lincoln Continental and Honda Civic concepts and an all-new Chevy Malibu, as well as the Porsche 911 fighting McLaren 570S. With that in […]

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Elio Motors Dyno Tests Engine Prototype http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/elio-motors-dyno-tests-engine-prototype/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/elio-motors-dyno-tests-engine-prototype/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:30:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1017306 Elio Motors, the startup automaker hoping to produce and sell a low cost, high mileage reverse trike announced yesterday that the prototype of the IAV designed 0.9 liter, three cylinder single overhead cam engine to be used in their vehicle has successfully started dynamometer testing. A short video of the engine running in a test cell […]

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Elio Motors, the startup automaker hoping to produce and sell a low cost, high mileage reverse trike announced yesterday that the prototype of the IAV designed 0.9 liter, three cylinder single overhead cam engine to be used in their vehicle has successfully started dynamometer testing. A short video of the engine running in a test cell […]

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Elio Engine Development Proceeds but Trike’s Production Start Pushed Back to 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/elio-engine-development-proceeds-trikes-production-start-pushed-back-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/elio-engine-development-proceeds-trikes-production-start-pushed-back-2016/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:55:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=984874 While there has been ample skepticism of the Elio Motors enterprise, I’ve personally been one of the more optimistic, or at least less skeptical voices concerning the project. All along, though, I’ve said that there were benchmarks that had to be met, like  progress on the IVL led Elio engine development program and the beginning of […]

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While there has been ample skepticism of the Elio Motors enterprise, I’ve personally been one of the more optimistic, or at least less skeptical voices concerning the project. All along, though, I’ve said that there were benchmarks that had to be met, like  progress on the IVL led Elio engine development program and the beginning of […]

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Update: Texas DMV on Elio’s Trike Status http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/update-texas-dmv-elios-trike-status/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/update-texas-dmv-elios-trike-status/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:53:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=945233 The Texas DMV has refused to register the new Polaris Slingshot, saying that motorcycles must be ridden from in a saddle, not driven from on a seat. The Slingshot and proposed Elio trike are both being marketed as motorcycles, as three-wheelers do not have to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for automobiles. Elio has […]

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The Texas DMV has refused to register the new Polaris Slingshot, saying that motorcycles must be ridden from in a saddle, not driven from on a seat. The Slingshot and proposed Elio trike are both being marketed as motorcycles, as three-wheelers do not have to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for automobiles. Elio has […]

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Texas Stops Registration of Polaris Slingshot Trikes. Elio Motors: ‘Not a Problem’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/texas-stops-registration-polaris-slingshot-trikes-elio-motors-problem/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/texas-stops-registration-polaris-slingshot-trikes-elio-motors-problem/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:59:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=945177 The makers of the spate of reverse three wheelers now on, or about to be on, sale including the Morgan 3 Wheeler, the proposed Elio Motors vehicle, and Polaris’ Slingshot, now just arriving at dealers, have used the fact that their vehicles are legally considered motorcycles, not cars to ease their passage through regulatory waters. […]

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The makers of the spate of reverse three wheelers now on, or about to be on, sale including the Morgan 3 Wheeler, the proposed Elio Motors vehicle, and Polaris’ Slingshot, now just arriving at dealers, have used the fact that their vehicles are legally considered motorcycles, not cars to ease their passage through regulatory waters. […]

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Wanting to “Delight Customers”, Tesla Delays Model X Production Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/wanting-delight-customers-tesla-delays-model-x-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/wanting-delight-customers-tesla-delays-model-x-production/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:33:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=941433 In it’s third quarter letter to investors, Tesla Motors announced that they are pushing back the start of production of their falcon-winged Model X crossover again, this time until the third quarter of 2015. This is the third time that production has been delayed for the Model X, which Elon Musk originally promised for 2013. […]

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In it’s third quarter letter to investors, Tesla Motors announced that they are pushing back the start of production of their falcon-winged Model X crossover again, this time until the third quarter of 2015. This is the third time that production has been delayed for the Model X, which Elon Musk originally promised for 2013. […]

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Elio Motors Applies for $185 Million Dept of Energy ATVM Loan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/elio-motors-applies-185-million-dept-energy-atvm-loan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/elio-motors-applies-185-million-dept-energy-atvm-loan/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:03:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=936042 The most recent news out of the Elio Motors will provide grist for the rhetorical mills of both skeptics and enthusiasts of the startup car company. As we anticipated in our most recent post about Elio, the company has applied for a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy’s newly revived Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) […]

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The most recent news out of the Elio Motors will provide grist for the rhetorical mills of both skeptics and enthusiasts of the startup car company. As we anticipated in our most recent post about Elio, the company has applied for a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy’s newly revived Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) […]

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Paul Elio Responds to Skeptics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/paul-elio-responds-skeptics/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/paul-elio-responds-skeptics/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:30:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=932193 The Elio Motors project continues to generate skepticism. The latest is a post by Tavarish at Jalopnik’s CarBuying Kinja subsite giving us a half dozen reasons while the high mpg reverse trike will never come to be, Six Things That Could Kill Elio Motors Before It Even Launches. Tavarish isn’t the only skeptic. The consensus among […]

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The Elio Motors project continues to generate skepticism. The latest is a post by Tavarish at Jalopnik’s CarBuying Kinja subsite giving us a half dozen reasons while the high mpg reverse trike will never come to be, Six Things That Could Kill Elio Motors Before It Even Launches. Tavarish isn’t the only skeptic. The consensus among […]

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Exclusive Capsule Review: Elio Motors P4 Prototype http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/exclusive-capsule-review-elio-motors-p4-prototype/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/exclusive-capsule-review-elio-motors-p4-prototype/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=900778 Click on the settings icon to watch in 2D or your choice of 3D formats. It seems that most of the media coverage of automotive startup Elio Motors and their proposed $6,800, 84 mpg reverse trike can be sorted into two groups: general media outlets that have taken a bit of a credulous gee whiz […]

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Click on the settings icon to watch in 2D or your choice of 3D formats. It seems that most of the media coverage of automotive startup Elio Motors and their proposed $6,800, 84 mpg reverse trike can be sorted into two groups: general media outlets that have taken a bit of a credulous gee whiz […]

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Landlord: Another Firm Will Not Supplant Elio at Plant. Manny, Moe & Jack to Service Trikes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/landlord-another-firm-will-not-supplant-elio-at-plant-manny-moe-jack-to-service-trikes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/landlord-another-firm-will-not-supplant-elio-at-plant-manny-moe-jack-to-service-trikes/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 13:18:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=818002 The real estate developer who holds the lease on the former General Motors assembly plant in Shreveport, Louisiana that Elio Motors plans on using has exclusively told TTAC that regardless of published reports, another tenant will not be replacing Elio and that the automotive startup has a signed lease for the facility and is on […]

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The real estate developer who holds the lease on the former General Motors assembly plant in Shreveport, Louisiana that Elio Motors plans on using has exclusively told TTAC that regardless of published reports, another tenant will not be replacing Elio and that the automotive startup has a signed lease for the facility and is on […]

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Elio Motors Update: Latest Prototype Shown, Lease & Contracts Signed, Factory Stores Announced http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/elio-motors-update-latest-prototype-shown-lease-contracts-signed-factory-stores-announced/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/elio-motors-update-latest-prototype-shown-lease-contracts-signed-factory-stores-announced/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=771194 Since we last looked at Elio Motors, the startup that plans on selling an 84 mpg, $6,800 tandem reverse trike to people looking to replace 15 year old beaters, there have been a number of developments involving the company. To begin with, the start of production has been pushed back until the beginning of 2015. […]

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Since we last looked at Elio Motors, the startup that plans on selling an 84 mpg, $6,800 tandem reverse trike to people looking to replace 15 year old beaters, there have been a number of developments involving the company. To begin with, the start of production has been pushed back until the beginning of 2015. […]

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Is This The Future of In-Car Infotainment? Continental’s Flexible Smartphone Docking Station http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/is-this-the-future-of-in-car-infotainment-continentals-flexible-smartphone-docking-station/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/is-this-the-future-of-in-car-infotainment-continentals-flexible-smartphone-docking-station/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:31:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=797898 Former Hyundai executive John Krafcik recently spoke about connectivity and autonomy and of the possibility that electronic gizmos in our cars may make us less connected to the driving experience. That’s not the only challenge automakers and drivers face when it comes to electronics in cars. After seeing the missteps that Ford has made with […]

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Former Hyundai executive John Krafcik recently spoke about connectivity and autonomy and of the possibility that electronic gizmos in our cars may make us less connected to the driving experience. That’s not the only challenge automakers and drivers face when it comes to electronics in cars. After seeing the missteps that Ford has made with […]

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Elio Motors – It Just Might Be For Real, So to Check it Out, TTAC Rolls Consumer Reports Style and Puts Skin in the Game http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/elio-motors-it-just-might-be-for-real-so-to-check-it-out-ttac-rolls-consumer-reports-style-and-puts-skin-in-the-game/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/elio-motors-it-just-might-be-for-real-so-to-check-it-out-ttac-rolls-consumer-reports-style-and-puts-skin-in-the-game/#comments Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:53:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=500592 Elio Motors is one of those automotive startups that raises all sorts of flags that makes some people think that it’s a scam, or at least on shaky financial ground. Almost every bit of news from Elio has been greeted with some skepticism, understandably (here, here, and here). They’re planning on selling a three wheel […]

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Elio Motors is one of those automotive startups that raises all sorts of flags that makes some people think that it’s a scam, or at least on shaky financial ground. Almost every bit of news from Elio has been greeted with some skepticism, understandably (here, here, and here). They’re planning on selling a three wheel […]

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