The show wrapped up its media days today and continues tomorrow with “Industry Preview Days.” It opens to the public on Saturday and runs through Jan. 22. Visitors to the show’s public days will get their first up-close-and-personal glimpse of Elio Motors’ E1c engineering vehicle, which was introduced to automotive media in Los Angeles last fall.
“We’re looking forward to sharing the E1c with show visitors during public days. Detroit is a tough, scrappy town, filled with people who never back down from a challenge. They have the perfect mindset to understand our relentless effort to get this vehicle to production,” said Paul Elio, founder and CEO of Elio Motors. “We made great strides in 2016, improving our vehicle design, developing additional partnerships with world-class suppliers and relentlessly pursuing our fundraising efforts. We’re going to celebrate those accomplishments with our Detroit fans in the coming days.”
The E1c engineering vehicle is a significant step forward as Elio Motors progresses from the prototype to production phase. While the exterior looks only slightly different to the human eye compared to past Elio prototypes, the E1c engineering vehicle features foundational and structural improvements to the frame, suspension, and safety systems that will ultimately create a more satisfying driving experience.
The E1c is part of Elio Motors’ E-Series vehicles, which are being built for testing and validation purposes. More than 80 percent of the E1c was assembled using soft tooling — short-term, low-cost production tools — to prove manufacturability and repeatability of individual parts prior to full production.
Elio Motors’ team of world-class suppliers is primarily based in Detroit and has been instrumental in helping the company meet its cost, fuel efficiency and performance goals.
“Our supplier team is one of our greatest assets, complementing our existing engineering expertise and providing invaluable input into our vehicle development and manufacturing operations,” Elio said. “The North American International Auto Show’s proximity to so many of our world-class auto suppliers provides an opportunity to celebrate our ongoing progress. We look forward to seeing many of our supplier partners here at the show during Industry Preview Days.”
About Elio Motors
Founded by car enthusiast Paul Elio in 2009, Elio Motors Inc. represents a revolutionary approach to manufacturing an ultra-high-mileage vehicle. The three-wheel Elio is engineered to attain a highway mileage rating of up to 84 mpg, while providing the comfort of amenities such as power windows, power door lock air conditioning and cruise control, accompanied by the safety of multiple air bags and an aerodynamic, enclosed vehicle body. Elio’s first manufacturing site will be in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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