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Engine Follow-Up


Happy Friday Elio’ers! The last week couple of weeks has seen several natural disasters affect many of our fellow Americans and it looks like another weather system is heading our way. In trying times, we show our true colors, and Americans have shown time and time again that we stand with our brothers and sisters in times of need. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone experiencing extreme weather. Many have asked if our Shreveport facility has experienced any damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey. We truly appreciate the concern- so far, we have been unaffected by the storm. Many lives have been changed, however, and it is up to all of us to do what we can to help weather the storm.

As a startup company, you can imagine the amount of questions we receive on a daily basis. Sure, many are about the basics (how many wheels, what colors, how many seats, power source, etc.) but our vehicle also attracts an astute breed of supporter. We regularly field questions that are clearly from folks that have a deep understanding of all things automotive and engineering. The past 2 Momentums have answered some of the thought provoking questions that have recently come in. Our first Momentum covered general engineering questions, while the most recent focused on only engine questions.

Here are a few follow up questions that came in after this week’s Momentum:

Why did you choose to use a timing belt instead of a chain?

As we mentioned in the Momentum, the decision to use a timing belt came down to better quality, as well as less weight, friction, and vibration. Since the life of the belts are pretty much the same, a timing belt became the clear choice.

After how many miles of use will the timing belt have to be changed?

That number has not yet been finalized, but we expect the belt to last as many as 100,000 to 110,000 miles. That number will be included in the Elio maintenance schedule that will be released as we get closer to the start of production! Also, as a general rule, if you take care of your Elio, it will return the favor.

Will the Elio engine run on E-85?

The Elio is designed to run on regular, unleaded gasoline and this does not include E-85. We have gone in this direction to meet the torque and power needs.

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Thanks for your support and stay safe!

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