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No Foolin’- An Elio Roadtrip! 4-1-16

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Happy Friday Elio’ers! We are officially in the Spring swing of things. In the past few weeks, millions of Americans have been enjoying a well-deserved break from work or school. Many will take the opportunity to load up the car and head off on a good old fashioned American road trip.  Warm weather locals are always a big hit and states like Florida, Arizona, and California are prime spring break locations. This got us thinking…if our engineers in Michigan wanted to have some fun in the sun at our plant in Shreveport, how much would it cost?

The national average currently stands at about $2 for a gallon of gas and the average car on the road gets 25 MPG. The trip from Troy to Shreveport is 1,100 miles, so it’ll cost $88 in a normal car. Let’s say the engineers want to swing by Elio’s home base in Phoenix. That trip is 1,250 miles, so that’ll cost $100. From Troy to Shreveport and then Phoenix, the trip will cost about $188.

Now, let’s say they make the same trip in the Elio. With up to 84 MPG on the highway, it’ll cost approximately $26 to get from Troy to Shreveport, and right around $30 to get from Shreveport to Phoenix.

This is not an April Fool’s joke: we’re looking at a $56 trip. To travel 2,350 miles. In other words, you’d save $132 when compared to the average car. Even when gas prices stay relatively low, the savings equation remains the same.

While many are enjoying a week off, we here at Elio Motors are all hands on deck, and it has been a fantastic week!

We announced yesterday that we have finalized our body panel design. The final body panel design involves the door, trunk link and body panels all fitting together. Collaboration with our suppliers allowed us to reduce the development time by 90 percent. This collective brainpower is essential in meeting the aggressive cost and quality standards we’ve set and that our customers demand.

This is a huge step forward and we are grateful for our incredible group of suppliers.

Also, our tour team has been working tirelessly at the New York Auto International Show. It’s one of the biggest and best auto shows in the world, and the response has been unbelievably positive. PC Magazine named the Elio one of the coolest cars at the show- and we agree! We’ll be at the show through the weekend, so if you’re in the area, make sure to come by and say Hi!

Elio Preview Tour:

Mar 25, 2016 – Apr 03, 2016 New York International Auto Show – New York, New York – Jacob Javits Center – Times: Mon – Sat: 10am – 10pm (Sun: 10am – 7pm)
Apr 08, 2016 – Apr 10, 2016 Barrett – Jackson, Palm Beach, FL – South Florida Fairgrounds – 9067 Southern Blvd West Palm Beach, FL Times: TBA by Barrett-Jackson – Website:


As always, thanks for your support and have a great weekend!

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