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Elio Motors develops ultra fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicle

Elio Motors develops ultra fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicle  image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Elio Motors | posted April 22, 2014 08:36

Has been found to have cleaner emissions than cows.

Elio Motors has come up with a ‘revolutionary three-wheeled vehicle’ ready for launch in 2015 that is as fuel efficient as it is environmentally friendly.

The yet-to-be-named model is priced at $6,800 and based on the numbers gets 36 kilometers per liter.  In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, the team behind this vehicle crunched the number and came up with this:

‘Driven 15,000 miles annually, the vehicle will save its owner $1,500 in fuel costs. Over 10 years, the vehicle could save American drivers 4.7 billion gallons of fuel a year and reduce CO2 emissions by 91 billion pounds.’

On a lighter note, they also found out that this vehicle kinder to the Mother Nature than cows.  Here’s why:

‘One cow produces 242 lbs (110 kg)  of methane a year through burps and flatulence.  Methane traps 20 times more heat than CO2 over a 100-year period. (SOURCE: Get Green Living) In a year, the average cow will emit 4,840 lbs (2,195 kg) of CO2 equivalent greenhouses gases.

Elio Motors vehicle, driven 32,187 km (20,000 miles), will emit only 4,500 lbs (2,041 kg) of CO2. So… the Elio is more environmentally friendly than cow farts.’

“I’ll admit, it’s not the most conventional measure for environmental efficiency.  But, when you realize that we are more environmentally friendly than something found in nature every day, we are clearly on the right path. The internal combustion engine is going to be part of the transportation industry for many years into the future. The key will be for companies such as Elio Motors to come up with revolutionary vehicle designs to use existing technology in a more Earth-friendly way,” said CEO Paul Elio.

Elio notes that electric, hybrid and hydrogen propulsion technology may have bigger fuel returns in the long run but are costly and their addition to vehicles put them financially out of reach from the mainstream market.  He implies that his vehicle is ready and affordable now and can be a stop-gap measure while the aforementioned technologies are still expensive.

“Many people simply don’t believe they can afford a new vehicle.  But, we are providing a transportation option that can get literally thousands of people into a new vehicle who couldn’t afford one before. A good outcome from this will be getting a lot of inefficient, gas guzzling vehicles off the road,” adds Elio.

It’s a vehicle only a manufacturer can love but if its benefits outweigh its looks, will you buy it?  Well, 14,000 have already made their reservations and the company’s Facebook fansite has 100,000 fans and their website gets 250,000 unique visitors per month.