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Tiny Elio Car Is Affordable and Street Legal

by Conner Flynn

Buying a new car in this economy is tough. It shouldn’t be like buying a house. Well, there is an answer. Assuming you don’t need to transport passengers or significant cargo, your next car doesn’t have to break the bank thanks to Elio Motors, who wants to revolutionize the auto industry with its tiny new three-wheeled car.
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This unusual looking single-seat car gets an amazing 84 MPG on the highway, 49 MPG in the city, and travels at speeds up to 100 MPH. This car consumes just 1/3 of the gas that the average car does. The price? $6,800(USD). You can’t beat that.

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Bonus: It is even made in the USA. The company estimates that they will create 1,500 jobs at their Shreveport, LA plant alone beginning in 2014. Let’s hope that automotive lobbyists and the government don’t kill the company before they can put a whole bunch on the road.

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Hopefully they can impact the auto industry and provide people with affordable cars for many years. This is a company to watch closely.

[via This Is Why I’m Broke]

Comments (5):

  1. Joe Pires says:

    Its a two seater..tandem seating.

  2. John Lackey says:

    What will be the cost of an automatic transmission?, and upon order do you get choice of colors? Does it have a spare tire?

  3. TheFactChecker says:

    Right Joe, 2 seats, in tandem configuration. I’ve been in it.. lots of room and even more in the back. It is also not tiny. It is spacious inside and the overall length is like most sedans on the road (think BMW3, Camry etc) and the front wheels are as wide as those vehicles as well. New website is up (meh overall, the other one was better) but has good information in it.

  4. jay quigly says:

    This article should be corrected. It is not a single-seater as already pointed out. The reason I am piling on is that Elio is busting there butts to get this done at an amazing price point. For $6800, you can carry around two people, which is twice as many as you see in most cars on the road.

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