Upstart American automaker, Elio Motors, is grabbing the bull by the horns when it comes to creating an environmentally friendly automobile.
Actually, judging from its press release, the company is more focused on the back half of your average bovine.
The company’s 3-wheeled and 2-passenger tandem-seat vehicle posts some pretty impressive figures. It’s capable of returning 84 mpg during highway driving, when driven 15,000 miles annually it could save an owner roughly $1,500 in fuel costs, and the starting price is set at only $6,800. The engine is a 55-horsepower 0.9-liter 3-cylinder, coupled to either a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. There are three airbags, ABS is standard, and Elio Motors says it expects the car to do well in crash test ratings.
Production is scheduled to begin later this year, at a factory in Shreveport, Louisiana.
But it’s the math behind the car’s emissions compared to a farting and belching cow that grabbed our attention. So you don’t detect a whiff of deceit, here is exactly how Elio Motors came up with this crazy comparison.
Apparently, in one year the average cow will burp and break enough wind to produce 242 lbs. of methane. Because methane traps 20 times more heat than CO2 (the emissions released by a vehicle) over 100 years, this cow can be said to emit the equivalent of 4,840 lbs. of (CO2) greenhouse gases annually.
The Elio Motors vehicle, when driven 20,000 miles, emits 4,500 lbs. of CO2. So that’s how you get to the point that a cud chewing cow is a bigger polluter than this strange-looking little car.
“I’ll admit, it’s not the most conventional measure for environmental efficiency,” said Paul Elio, founder of Elio Motors. “But, when you realize that we are more environmentally friendly than something found in nature every day, we are clearly on the right path.”