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The 4 Must Haves

Before we even put design pen to paper, these four Elio “Must-haves” were etched indelibly in our minds and hearts. Here are the results:

Must-have 1: Amazing MPG

While other vehicles make their competitive claims within a few MPGs of one another, we needed Elio to take it to the stratosphere. As we continue to engineer the Elio for up to 84 MPG, we officially have liftoff.

Must-have 2: Uncompromised Safety

Elio is engineered to the highest safety standards. Each Elio comes equipped with a Safety Management System that includes three airbags – a unibody frame, Anti-Lock Braking System, and 50% larger crush zones than similar vehicles. Watch video.

Must-have 3: All-American Pedigree

Elio is American-made targeting utilization of 90% North American content, and we have re-engineered existing technology throughout. That means no trial and error anywhere. Just tried and true everywhere.

Must-have 4: Low Price

It seems like everything just costs more today. Houses, cars, heck, even a gallon of milk and a box of cereal. At Elio Motors, we believe wallets need a break. A new vehicle targeted $7,450* base price is not just what people want. It’s what they need.

*MSRP excludes destination/delivery charges, taxes, title, registration, and options/installation.


Technical Features include:

  • Targeted 84 MPG Highway / 49 MPG City
  • Elio Safety Management System that includes three airbags, unibody frame, Anti-Lock Braking System, and Electronic Stability Control
  • Fuel-injected, SOHC gas-powered, Variable Valve Lift, 3 cyl., .9 liter, liquid-cooled, automotive engine
  • Front Engine / Front-Wheel Drive
  • 8-Gallon Tank
  • Regular Unleaded Fuel / 87 Octane
  • Range up to 672 miles
  • Standard 5-speed manual or optional automated manual transmission (AMT)
  • 120amp alternator
  • Top speed over 100 MPH
  • 0-60 speed in projected 10.8 seconds
  • 55 HP and 55 LB-FT of torque
  • 11:1 Compression
  • Tire Sizes: Front: 135/80 R15 / Rear: 175/65 R15 with Tire Deflation Detection System

Exterior measurements:

  • Overall Length: 160.5”
  • Overall Width: 75.5”
  • Overall Height: 54.2”
  • Front Wheel Track: 66.8” (center rim to center rim)
  • Wheelbase: 110” (center of front wheels to center of rear wheel)
  • Ground Clearance: 5.75” / 15 degree approach angle

Interior measurements, seats 2 in tandem:

  • Headroom: Driver 39.8” Passenger 36.4”
  • Seat width: Driver 20.6” Passenger 25.3”
  • Interior Shoulder Width: 27.8”
  • Front seat Legroom: 42.7”
  • Rear seat Legroom: 33.1”
  • Trunk Size: 27” x 14” x 10” / Rear seat folds down for additional space

Standard Convenience Features include:

  • Air Conditioning / Heater / 2 adjustable vents / Defrost front and side windows
  • 6-way manual driver seat / Cloth
  • AM/FM stereo radio
  • Power windows
  • Power door lock
  • Cruise control
  • Odometer / Trip computer
  • Interior light
  • Rear seat LATCH safety system; rear seat USB power port
  • Disc brakes with Hill Start assist
  • Auxilary power - cigarette lighter 12v, additional USB port
  • 3 yr / 36,000 mile warranty
  • Pep Boys is the anticipated official service provider
  • Parking brake
  • Plus hundreds of options like leather seats, stereo upgrades, radio add-on, etc.


  • Rocket Silver, Sour Apple, Creamsicle, Red Hot, True Blue, Licorice, and Marshmallow

Green Impact and Economics

Green Impact

Elio, the Environment, and Passing Gas.

At up to 84 MPG you’ll be passing gas pumps in your Elio all day long. Which also means you’ll be putting far less pollutants in the air than even the most environmentally-friendly cars. Multiply that times the number of Elios projected to be sold, and America could save almost 3.5 billion gallons of fuel per year, while reducing harmful CO2 emissions by more than 69 billion pounds.

Green Impact

Oh, and speaking of passing gas, our in-house science geeks inform us that Elio will emit even less harmful emissions in the atmosphere per year than the average flatulent cow. Which from what we understand about cows, is a pretty impressive claim in itself.


True Blue, Marshmallow, Red Hot, Rocket Silver, Sour Apple, Licorice, and Creamsicle. Sure, you might know them as Blue, White, Red, Silver, Green, Black, and Orange. But, what fun would that be? At Elio Motors, we’ve developed a palette of colors that turn heads...we thought they deserved a description that’s as fun and unique as the Elio!

Rocket Silver Elio
Sour Apple
Creamsicle Elio
Red Hot Elio
True Blue Elio
Licorice Elio
Marshmallow Elio

Red Hot

The need for ePlus

Traditionally, the options packages created by auto manufacturers force customers to pay for options they don’t want or need. On the other hand, the automotive aftermarket offers a myriad of options, but they may not be properly vetted for fit and quality and may also be expensive to install.

The vision for ePlus

ePlus: My Elio My Way connects the end consumer with our vast supplier network, allowing for “mass personalization," which has never been accomplished before. Customers can now choose – and pay for – only the options they want and need on their Elio. Elio Motors will deliver a well-equipped base model, but will also provide customers the capability to personalize the vehicle with options based on their own unique driver experience.

How ePlus works

Not only will Elio owners be able to personalize their vehicle when it goes into production utilizing the ePlus: My Elio My Way system, starting now, we will continually add innovative new options from our supplier partners that can be voted on or considered for future purchase via the configurator below. By customizing your vehicle now, it lets us know the options that are most desired by our future Elio owners.

To get started:

  • Click on "Launch Configurator" button below
  • Next, click on an options category on the left
  • Select the specific option on the right that you would like to add to the vehicle
  • Review the image with your options added and continue adding or removing options to customize your Elio
  • You can also view additional images and information to help you learn more about the option you are selecting by simply mousing over the information button next to each option

The estimated cost for your customized Elio with all of the options you selected will appear at the top of the configurator screen. You can also click on the "Summary" button on the left to see the itemized list. Once you have created your Elio just the way you want it, print, email, or share it via social media by clicking on the buttons in the lower right corner of the screen.

If there is an accessory you do not see but would like to have it available for your Elio, please send us your wish list at [email protected].com.

*Options prices subject to change and the final price excludes destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Options are a sampling for demonstration purposes only.

Savings Calculator

Your local gas pump does not want you to read this.

Let’s do the fuel economy math. Say you’re getting 22 MPG in your primary vehicle. Say you commute about 12,000 miles per year back and forth to work. At 4 bucks a gallon that’s roughly $2,100 per year. Ouch.

So you add an Elio to your driveway. Same 12,000 miles, same 4 bucks. Only now you’re only pumping about $798 per year. Subtract the yearly difference (about $1,300) from your yearly payments on your Elio (About $1,550) and your Elio is costing about the same as a medium latte’ a week habit.

But wait, there’s less. Because you still get to factor in the costly wear and tear and depreciation you save by knocking 12,000 miles per year off your primary vehicle, which would be about 5 times that of the Elio.

Bottom line, your Elio pays for itself… or more accurately, your local gas pump does.

Calculate your savings.

Not sure? Click here *Average car in the US gets 17.0 MPG.
* Calculation based on EPA blended fuel economy.