Happy Friday Elio’ers! This time of year, with the Holidays just around the corner, we regularly field a ton of questions about the Elio’s ability to drive in snow (usually not from Hawaii.) We know that many of our supporters already know the answer, but the question persists, so this week we will take a look at the Elio’s drivability in some common driving conditions.
This question typically comes in two varieties: can the Elio drive in snow and can the Elio replace a snowplow. The answer to the first question is a resounding yes. The answer to the second question is an equally resounding no. By having the engine in the front, and having front-wheel drive, the design of the Elio places the majority of the weight over the front tires, which gives it tremendous traction action. Similarly, with a low center of gravity, traction and stability control, and ABS brakes, the Elio will be able to handle a reasonable amount of snow. It will not replace your SUV, but will still drive just fine in wintery conditions. Check out this video:
With over 55 foot-pounds of torque, the Elio will be able to handle hilly terrain, no problem. Also, hill start assist now comes standard.
The Elio is a front-wheel drive vehicle and will be able to handle unpaved, dirt, and gravel roads with relative ease. It is not a work truck though, so if you live 15 miles up a deeply rutted old logging road, with three boulders to drive over, you may want to keep your Elio at the main road and ride the trail with your four-wheel-drive truck.
The high MPG achieved in the Elio is due, in large part, to its amazing aerodynamics. What aerodynamics do for us is manage the air around the vehicle. This same ability to “slice” through the air is what helps the Elio to remain stable in most high wind situations, including large vehicles passing by.
Ultimately, the Elio is designed to be a solid vehicle for most driving conditions. While it may not replace a four-wheel drive behemoth or snow plow, it will handle driving conditions just as well as most four-wheeled vehicles on the road today, and at a fraction of the price.
Thanks for your support and have a fantabulous weekend!