What is an Autocycle?
In a Momentum published earlier this year, we provided an update on our legislative progress and highlighted the fact that many states now have a definition for an autocycle. You may ask, just what makes an “autocycle” an autocycle? Put very simply, an autocycle is a three-wheel, enclosed vehicle which is equipped with automotive controls and safety features. While there are other three-wheeled vehicles that fit this description, Elio Motors has spearheaded the autocycle designation movement.
States with other designations
While it is helpful to have an autocycle designation, it is by no means a necessity. In most of the remaining states, there is a statute which removes the requirement for a helmet and motorcycle license. For example, California, Washington, and New York currently have enclosed cab exemptions. In Florida, the Elio is considered a Tri-vehicle. Massachusetts and Montana have technical exemptions. In Nevada, there is a trimobile exemption, while the Elio is considered an “unconventional” vehicle in North Dakota and not subject to motorcycle law.
There are three states that still require action: Alaska and New York need motorcycle license exemptions. In New York, we are working diligently to remove the current motorcycle endorsement and have three bills under consideration. We have made major strides in Maine, the last state to require a helmet, and are confident that they will adopt an autocycle designation.
States with an Autocycle Designation
In the past, we have published maps that show which states required helmets and motorcycle licenses. Following our recent Momentum on legislative progress, we received many questions from reservation holders asking if their states currently had an autocycle designation.
Here is the list of states that currently have an autocycle designation:
There are several benefits to an autocycle designation, which is why we have introduced legislation at the federal level for the sake of uniformity across all 50 states. Again, the autocycle designation is helpful but not essential. 47 states do not currently require a helmet or motorcycle license and we will relentlessly work on the remaining states to ensure that by the time production begins, Elio owners will have no licensing nor helmet issues in any states.