Driving into the Future: The Three-Wheeled Car

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Elio GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- The federal government considers anything with less than four wheels a motorcycle, but a new three-wheeled vehicle from Elio Motors looks and drives far differently than the standard motorbike.

Their new vehicle, simply called The Elio, also gets 84 highway miles per gallon and costs under $7,00o prompting some to call it a new wave of transportation. The Elio seats two tandem style and travels up to 100 miles per hour.

Larry Handwerk pre-ordered one, and will receive the 527th off the assembly line.  He says he’s in it for the gas mileage but was sold on the amenities.

“It’s got all the amenities that you’d have in an automobile but you have the practicality of a motorcycle,” he said.

The Elio weighs around 900 lbs. and will have 50 to 70 horsepower with a three cylinder one liter fuel injected engine.

Elio Vice President of Sales Jerome Vassallo says the company is expecting a five-star safety rating.  But, a crash test rating won’t be determined until The Elio goes into production.

The Elio is expected to go into production summer 2014.  You can find more information on their website: http://www.eliomotors.com/

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