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TugarTugar Senior MemberPosts: 2,423 Senior Member
At least someone is trying to do something right. Three wheelers with a good safety record and good mileage. The guy is taking over an old GM plant in Louisiana.

http://www.eliomotors.com/
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Hmmmm- - - - -I did a double take at the name, and finally figured out the OP misspelled it. The Eloi were the wimpy flower children in H.G. Wells' "Time Machine", the ones the Morlocks used for food. The 3-wheeler's name is spelled E-L-I-O. I originally thought somebody was making a huge joke at the expense of the greenies!
    Jerry
  • JLDickmonJLDickmon Senior Member Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    I reserved one

    $7,000 and 86 mpg @3.79/gal beats dahek outta 14 mpg @ $4.15
    and American built?
    a new Electra-Glide is how much?

    2 years the thing's paid for itself in fuel savings

    not to mention maintenance costs.. I mean heck, a 1 liter 3-banger.. might cost me what, $25 bucks for 4 qts synthetic and a filter?
    lleH, the truck, that's more like $150..
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Hmmmm- - - - -I did a double take at the name, and finally figured out the OP misspelled it. The Eloi were the wimpy flower children in H.G. Wells' "Time Machine", the ones the Morlocks used for food. The 3-wheeler's name is spelled E-L-I-O. I originally thought somebody was making a huge joke at the expense of the greenies!
    Jerry

    Haha, I thought the same thing, and was trying to come up with a Morlock joke...
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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    I think I am going to find a way to buy one. I'm not going to lie, I'd have a smart car if they got 84mpg.

    The bike will be paid off in may....
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  • ThatMattGuyThatMattGuy Senior Member Posts: 666 Senior Member
    If I wasnt low rent I would buy that!
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,142 Senior Member
    Looks like an enclosed Can-Am Spyder.
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    I've got an inline 1-liter fuel injected 3-cylinder engine- - - - -in my 94 Geo Metro! It carries passengers, too, and my tool box, and I'm fitting it out with a mobile office for my warranty inspection jobs. 38 MPG ain't bad for a car that cost me less than $3K 6 years ago! It gets driven about 700-1K miles a week with virtually no maintenance, also!
    Jerry
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,043 Senior Member
    Hmmm... take off the fenders, raise the rear suspension, mudgrip tires, and put an expanded metal rack for the deer, and make a nice hunting buggy for less than a UTV or 4 wheeler.

    When they come up used for $1000, I'll take a look.
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    I think I am going to find a way to buy one.

    In bright red with a light bar across the top and a haligan tool for a front bumper.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,985 Senior Member
    Sigh...

    If "they" would just stop fooling around with inefficient gasoline engines. Put a diesel in that thing and it'd get 150-ish MPG.

    Still, a good concept. Years ago we had a local outfit make the "Corbin Sparrow" all-electric at twice the price.
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  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,955 Senior Member
    I kind of like it, in creamsickle
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Looks like fun! If they can produce it at the price they quoted, it should sell well if they can get a dealer network together. I hope the company succeeds just because it is an American company.
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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    Looks like fun! If they can produce it at the price they quoted, it should sell well if they can get a dealer network together. I hope the company succeeds just because it is an American company.

    Yeah... I'm considering calling them.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Only thing I'm worried about.... Red Robin was a three wheeled car in Britain in the 70s. Take a turn at not very fast speed? It rolls over. Watch Top Gear UK for Jeremy Clarkson's hilarious test drive. That thing did more rolling than driving.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,423 Senior Member
    Watch the video.This in stable. The clowns that built the car you're talking about just removed the back axle and added one wheel. Three wheelers can be very stable.
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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    I watched it. I'd love to drive one through some tight turns.
  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    Only thing I'm worried about.... Red Robin was a three wheeled car in Britain in the 70s. Take a turn at not very fast speed? It rolls over. Watch Top Gear UK for Jeremy Clarkson's hilarious test drive. That thing did more rolling than driving.

    Yeah, but the Robin had the one wheel on the front....seriously no bueno. This one has the two wheels up front, front wheel drive, and front mounted engine.....looks to be very stable.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Check out the Morgan 3-wheeler. The single rear wheel cars have always been very good in the cornering department, even back in the 1930's.
    Jerry
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Eli wrote: »
    Yeah, but the Robin had the one wheel on the front....seriously no bueno. This one has the two wheels up front, front wheel drive, and front mounted engine.....looks to be very stable.

    Oh yeah, that's right. Haven't seen the episode for a while.
  • hawk18hawk18 Senior Member Posts: 742 Senior Member
    In the '60's, Mechanics Illustrated sold the plans to "marry" a VW front-end with (I think) a Suzuki 650 motor and rear end. That and a little one'off molding and this is what you get. I wanted one then.

    Hawk
  • JLDickmonJLDickmon Senior Member Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    Looks like an enclosed Can-Am Spyder.
    that's what I thought..
    Put a diesel in that thing and it'd get 150-ish MPG.
    they said that haven't finalized powertrain options..
    Polaris diesel quad motor probably go in it real nice..
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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Keep in mind, it's not a car. It's a motorcycle. According to the government anyway. Put a small diesel In that thing, and talk about mileage.


    Since it is a motorcycle, some states will require drivers/riders to wear helmets. That takes the dork factor up a couple notches.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,043 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    That takes the dork factor up a couple notches.

    Made me LOL.
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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    In states such as Florida you will also have to have protective eye wear on. Which is satisfied by sun glasses, but just the idea of legally being able to be ticketed for not having a pair of shades on is kinda :uhm:
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    In states such as Florida you will also have to have protective eye wear on. Which is satisfied by sun glasses, but just the idea of legally being able to be ticketed for not having a pair of shades on is kinda :uhm:

    Why do they require protective eyewear? One word; lovebugs! :silly:
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,664 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Check out the Morgan 3-wheeler. The single rear wheel cars have always been very good in the cornering department, even back in the 1930's.
    Jerry

    When a was growing up, there was an old guy that drove an Isetta thru town all of the time.....

    BMW-Isetta_mp2_pic_43756.jpg
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    When a was growing up, there was an old guy that drove an Isetta thru town all of the time.....

    BMW-Isetta_mp2_pic_43756.jpg

    Remember the sitcom "Family Matters"? Steve Urkel (Did I do that?) drove one of those.
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  • horselipshorselips Senior Member Posts: 3,628 Senior Member
    After almost 1 second of serious contemplation, which upon further reflection was a colossal waste of time on my part, I have decided to keep my rather nice 1978 Lincoln Town Coupe. Can you even imagine pulling up to the Valet at The Venetian in an Elio? (Shudder). Driving is really all about arriving, and I'd rather arrive in my Lincoln.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,423 Senior Member
    The idea is that you drive the Eloi normally and save La Behemoth for special occasions. I've had cars like it. Great to drive, but spending nearly $80 every time you fill up for less than HALF the range of the Eloi.....you're welcome to it. With the money, I'll save, I can take a cab and not worry about the valet doing burnouts.
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  • drsfefadrsfefa Member Posts: 407 Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I think it's cool. I hope he sells a ton of them.
    :that:

    I think I want a Blue one.
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