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Myth Busting: Three Wheeled Edition

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Happy Friday Elio’ers! Over 17 seasons, the show Myth Busters has been one of the most consistently thought-provoking and entertaining programs on television. If you’ve never seen it, the show begins with a common myth and then proceeds to test the myth and come to one of three conclusions: busted, plausible, or confirmed. The topics range from if shooting fish in a barrel is actually easy to slipping on a banana peel to whether a clean vehicle gets better gas mileage than a dirty one. There have been quite a few automotive topics over almost 300 episodes. We thought today we would have our own Myth Busters: Three Wheeled edition.

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Myth: Three Wheeled Vehicles are Unstable

A large factor in the Elio’s stability is our reverse trike configuration- that is, two wheels in the front and one in the rear. A traditional trike configuration is inherently unstable because it puts too much momentum on a single front tire. For instance, if you’re cruising down the road and have to make an abrupt stop with a turn, your momentum is moving forward and the dual wheel configuration in the front is much more able to handle the stop. The Elio is a front engine and front wheel drive (FWD) which places most of the weight over the front wheels, which means a lower center of gravity and better stability.

Our wheelbase (which refers to the center of the front wheels to the center of the rear wheel) and track are more reasons the Elio will stay stable. The Elio’s wheelbase is 110’’, about the same as the Hyundai Sonata or the Toyota Corolla. Our front wheel track is 66.8’’, which is above average compared to average passenger vehicles on the road today. Another reason the Elio is not average! If that wasn’t enough, we are also including stability and traction control as standard equipment. The Elio will be a very stable vehicle.

Myth: All Three-Wheeled Vehicles are the Same

Wrong! For starters, some three-wheeled vehicles have a single tire in the front and two in the back. While the Elio and Reliant Robin have the same number of wheels, they are very different vehicles.

There are many other reasons the Elio is different than other three-wheeled vehicles. First, we have full automotive controls, while other three-wheeled vehicles may not. Also, the Elio is fully enclosed, comes with anti-lock brakes, three airbags, seat belts, LATCH for car seats, a steel frame, A/C, heat, defrost, an AM/FM radio, and the list goes on.

Myth: Since the Elio is a Three-Wheeled Vehicle, You Will Need to Wear a Helmet

Incorrect! Our Governmental Affairs Team has worked with legislatures across the country to make sure that Elio owners will be able to drive without a cumbersome helmet on their heads. With the safety features outlined above, a helmet just doesn’t make sense in an Elio. We’ll count that as a victory for common sense!

As always, thanks for your support and thoroughly enjoy your weekend!

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