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Answers to “Bright” Questions

Happy Friday Elio’ers! It could be because the days are getting longer every day, but we’ve got lighting on our minds. This week’s Momentum was all about the exterior lighting on the Elio and it created some great discussion and questions. So this week, we’ll be talking about lights!

First, how about some fun facts about automotive lighting?

The very first head lamps, introduced in the late 1880s, used either acetylene or oil as the energy source. The costs of both sources were quite high, so few motorists had the opportunity to drive when the sun was down. The first electric powered headlights hit the market in 1898 and were featured on the Columbia Electric Car. That’s right- the first electric headlights were invented in the 19th century on an electric car!

Despite its introduction, electric headlights were not immediately commonplace for a couple of reasons. First, driving an automobile at the time as not exactly a smooth ride and was tough on the filaments. Also, it was hard to produce a light that was small enough for an automobile that could provide the necessary power.

The modern electrical system was introduced by Cadillac in 1912, and from there headlights became more universal. Still, it wasn’t until 1945 that headlights and turn signals were considered the standard in American vehicles. We’ve come a long way since 1898 and it’s almost inconceivable to think that driving at night was once impossible!

asphalt road leading into the city at night

As we mentioned, quite a few questions came in about the Elio’s exterior lighting after the Momentum. Here they are:

In last week’s Momentum, you mentioned the Elio will be using a 120 amp alternator. Is that just for lighting purposes?

We have decided to go with a 120 amp alternator to satisfy the power demands of our vehicle, not just  to drive but also to provide enough power for possible options!

Will there be options for lights on the fenders to increase visibility?

It depends on demand. At this time, we are not planning to offer them through our ePlus option program. However, if we do not offer this option, we anticipate that the aftermarket will provide.

If you don’t offer LED lights as standard equipment, will they be available as an option?

We are working with our suppliers to determine if the option is viable. Please stay tuned, as we will share this information in the future!

Are fog lights a possibility?

Absolutely! We do plan on offering fog lights as an option through ePlus.

Will there be daytime running lights?

At this stage, we do not plan on offering daytime running lights as standard equipment. But, you will be able to keep the lights on manually during the day.

Is the cover for the headlights made of glass or plastic?

Plastic! Plastic covers have been the standard for the last 30 years or so.

e1c night

Thanks for your support and have a great weekend!

 

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