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Q. Is the Elio available for international customers?
Ultimately, yes! Our strategy is to roll out the US market first and make sure that everyone here is served and satisfied before we move to international markets. As for what countries will we enter first, that decision has not been finalized – but it’s safe to say Canada will be at or near the top of the list.
Q. Who makes the engine/drive train/brakes etc.?
This is the most popular question through the website by far! We are eager for you to meet all of our supplier partners and are planning an announcement this May. We will have a press conference/release announcing our partners and share that information through the website and Facebook.
Q. How will it do in the snow/bad weather?
The Elio will do well in all kinds of weather! The front engine, low center of gravity, front wheel drive and ABS will create some great traction action to help pull the Elio through the snow or other bad weather. Word of caution though, we are not a 4-wheel drive urban assault vehicle, so if there are 5′ snow drifts, stay home and wait until the plows come through!
Q. Will I fit in the vehicle?
Q. Where can I buy an Elio?
We will roll out the entire distribution plan later in 2013 that will include how and where you can see, test-drive, and buy your new Elio.
Q. What options will be available on my Elio?
The entire program will roll out later this year and will detail all available options. Keep in mind; your Elio will already be nicely equipped with premium features that are standard. These include A/C, Heat, Power Windows, Power Door Lock, AM/FM Stereo, and more.
Q. Can I be a distributor or a service outlet for the Elio?
We will communicate our distribution and service strategies later this year. Please keep checking back here for all the details!
Q. Once I make a reservation, how long before I get my Elio?
Our production plan shows the delivery of the first Elio in July 2014. We are limiting reservations to our first year estimated capacity so that everyone that reserves a vehicle will have one in the first year. Once you make a reservation to lock up a spot – you’re next on the list to receive one.
Q. What kind of gas does Elio take?
The Elio will run on regular, unleaded fuel.
Q. Are test drives available?
Ultimately, yes. We’re planning a series of events close to the delivery of our first vehicle to let our supporters get the Elio feeling. Once we are in full production, you’ll be invited to one of our ride and drives that will be much more comprehensive, fun and informative than a typical “test drive.”
Q. Is Elio a car or a motorcycle?
According to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) “Motorcycle” means a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground.” So if it is less than four wheels it is a motorcycle. But what do you see when you look at the Elio? Fully enclosed, power windows, wiper blades, steering wheel, gas and brake pedals … you be the judge.
Q. Where can I get more information?
The two best places for information are on our Elio facebook page and www.eliomotors.com. Stay tuned for other ways to learn about us.
Q. Can I drive this with my existing license?
Most states do not require a motorcycle license to operate the vehicle, a regular driver’s license is usually enough. Check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles to be sure.
Q. How much is insurance going to be?
We’re not insurance people, nor do we play one on TV, so we can’t give you a definitive answer. That said, we do expect the Elio will be as economical to insure as it is to operate, based on a few of the basic tenets of vehicle insurance: cost to replace (advantage Elio, $6,800 vs. $big), injury to occupant (advantage Elio with anticipated 5 –star safety), and service part cost (again, advantage Elio).