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PR WEB – Elio Motors Works with New Mexico

Elio Motors Works with New Mexico State Rep. Trujillo on Legislation to Add “Autocycle” to the New Mexico Code, Provide Helmet, Motorcycle License Exemptions for Enclosed


New Mexico State Rep. Carl Trujillo (District 46) has drafted and proposed legislation that would add the term “autocycle” and provide Elio Motors vehicle owners in the state an exemption for helmets and motorcycle licenses.


Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) November 26, 2014

Elio Motors is launching an enclosed, three-wheeled vehicle in 2015 that will sell for $6,800 and get up to 84 MPG. Currently, any vehicle with three wheels is classified by the Federal Government as a motorcycle. Elio Motors is working with state legislatures around the country to waive helmet and motorcycle requirements for three-wheeled vehicles.

“There are many great reasons to place this legislation in statute. For one, this innovative, high MPG vehicle will greatly help the citizens in my district as well as all of New Mexico by significantly lowering their transportation costs,” Rep. Trujillo said. “However, roadblocks in statute that are stifling innovation need to be removed. Helmet requirements in fully enclosed vehicles with airbag protection do not make sense and are actually dangerous to the occupants.”

Elio Motors vice president of governmental affairs, Joel Sheltrown, recently testified before the Science and Technology Interim Committee and explained the need for the legislation. New Mexico is one of 10 states that have age-specific helmet requirements for people under 18. Elio Motors is working to adopt legislation in each of these states.

“Technicalities in New Mexico Code would require helmets and motorcycle license endorsements for the Elio Motors Autocycle, even though the vehicle is completely enclosed and has automotive controls,” Sheltrown said.

Paul Elio, CEO of Elio Motors, added, “We are excited and very grateful for Representative Trujillo’s leadership. His quick action to recognize autocycles and removing barriers to their use will provide regulations consistent with neighboring states and the nation.”

About Elio Motors:

Founded by car enthusiast Paul Elio in 2008, Elio Motors Inc. represents a revolutionary approach to manufacturing an ultra-high-mileage vehicle. The 3-wheeled Elio will attain a highway mileage rating of up to 84 mpg while providing the comfort of amenities such as power windows, power door lock and air conditioning, accompanied by the safety of multiple air bags and an aerodynamic, enclosed vehicle body. Elio’s first manufacturing site will be in Shreveport, La., with plans for the first production vehicle to roll off the assembly line in 2015 and significant production, sales and distribution during the next two years. For more information, visit or Elio Motors


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