It's green, It's lean. It's got three wheels and can be ordered now. Introducing the Elio.
Founded in 2008 by Mr. Paul Elio, Elio Motors set out to provide affordable transportation to those commuters seeking an alternative while providing vital American jobs.
The result is a street legal three wheeled environmentally friendly vehicle that goes from 0-60 in under 9.6 seconds and gets 84 miles to the gallon. For students, the vehicle provides a safe and reliable means to commute around campus. For those families with mini-vans or SUV’s, Elio provides an efficient and economical way to get to and from work. The price-point of the vehicle ($6800 USD) allows Elio to be an addition to a family's fleet without adding any additional cost to an already stretched budget.
• 84 Miles per Gallon
It gets 84 miles to the gallon on the highway. That means you can go from Detroit to New York City on a tank of gas – or drive from Shreveport LA to Dallas and back – then back to Dallas again – and still have about 110 miles left before a refill.
• 8-Gallon Tank:
It can go 672 miles, or thereabouts, because it has an 8-gallon tank and 8X84=672. Of course, other factors will affect your mileage.
It gets 84 MPG on the highway, but you’ll be doing your share of city driving, too. With its city rate of 49 MPG, you’ll be consuming only 1/3 of what the average American vehicle consumes.
5-speed manual or automatic. And yes, it has a reverse gear.
An inline, 3 cylinder, .9 liter, 55 HP, fuel-injected, SOHC gas-powered, liquid-cooled, automotive engine. Top speed is in excess of 100 MPH, and the 0-60 speed is under 9.6 seconds.
The engine is in the front and it is a front-wheel-drive vehicle. With a low center of gravity and weight towards the front, you’ll get great traction action – even in the snow.
The Elio is built on an independent suspension with unequal length control arms, coil-over-spring and shock in the front and mono-shock with coil-over-spring and shock in the rear. The ground clearance is 5.75″ — similar to most of the passenger vehicles you see on the road today.
3-wheel disc brakes with the Anti-Lock Braking System on 15″ wheels.
Each Elio comes equipped with a Safety Management System that includes three airbags – a reinforced roll-cage frame, Anti-Lock Braking System, and 50% larger crush zones than similar vehicles. Preliminary safety tests on computer models anticipate a 5-Star safety rating.
The body panels are made of a composite (which is more sound deadening than steel) and attached to a tight, solid body that doesn’t have a lot of moving (read squeaky) parts. These two design features help keep outside noise from getting into the cockpit and getting in the way of your favorite tunes playing on our AM/FM radio (that’s standard).
The trunk space will be at least 27″ x 14″ x 10″, enough for an airline carry-on bag or a golf bag with the rear seat down (47″+).
Overall Length: 160.5″
Overall Height: 54.2″
Front Wheel Track: 66.8″ (center rim to center rim)
Wheelbase: 110″ (center of front wheels to center of rear wheel)
Headroom: Driver 39.8 Passenger 36.4 in
Seat width: Driver 20.6 Passenger 25.3 in
Interior Shoulder Width: 26.8 in
Front seat Legroom: 42.7 in
Rear seat Legroom: 33.1 in
Elio has been designed to fit 95% of all people, whether it be a 6’8″ former college basketball player, a 6’3″ 365 lb man or a 5’0″ petite woman.
American Made = American Jobs
It should come as no surprise that Elio will create a number of much-needed jobs for American workers. The company is estimating 1,500 jobs at their Shreveport, LA plant beginning in 2014.
It only costs $6,800. That’s about what you would pay for an outboard motor to power a rowboat.
The Elio comes standard with a 3 year/36000 mile warranty.
When you own an Elio, you’re not just a customer, you’re part of a family. So we’re not going to lure you in with that $6,800 low price, only to mention things like A/C and an AM/FM radio are extra. They’re not. You get those items plus heater, defrost, the three airbags, power windows and door lock, seat belts, tempered glass, and windshield wiper at no extra cost.
Learn more and/or pre-order the Elio here
above photos by Romina Shama
Evo Citroën - The Evomobil
Paris, France, April 2011 — Citroën has always been considered as the most innovating brand of the car industry. The brand has created some of the most symbolic cars become the classics as the DS. The logo is also an institution.
After more than 3 years of collaboration with Citroën on the development of architectural projects, Ora-ïto turned to the manufacturer to develop his first artistic project. The iconoclastic artist wasn’t dreaming about another concept car but a genetic transformation. An unusual creation reuniting more than 400 years of history, a reflection on the evolution of the mobility and the legendary know-how of Citroën.
The genetic transformation is a fact resulting from errors of copies during the cellular division. When they are caused by interventions, they become extremely rare. The monumental sculpture created by Ora-ïto is the crossing of two typologies, a machine of the past and a current car, a subtle historic and sociological testimony on the functional mobility of the XVI Th century mixed to the modern world.
On the edge of the hypothesis and the contemporary art, this hybrid object is based on the fulfillment of child’s dream with an obvious commitment for the ecology. In the vocabulary of Ora-ïto, we find a real assertion expressing and realizing the imagination.
This creation becomes by definition a vision in opposition with the aggressive universe of the car industry. Inspired by the first Citroën car and based on his designer’s competences, Ora-ïto wonders about the ergonomics of the interior of the first mobile module. He has worked on the codes, the DNA and the philosophy of this industry to modernize it with the possibilities and the existing technologies. Associated to the research and innovation department of the dynastic Citroën, he has developed a surprising and unexpected sculpture joining all the parameters and the technologies appropriate for the universe car manufacturers, partner of the international fair of contemporary art of Paris (FIAC).
Baptized “Evomobil” he creates a monotypic kind, which possesses only single specie. The term “genetic transformation” is used to indicate an irreversible modification of the genetic and hereditary information. If the transformation arrives up to cells then, it is passed on to the descendants of the mutant individual. This change can get a selective advantage. This is the base of the process of the evolution.
Ora-ïto has naturally imagined others modules to join the initial project. A continuity of the imagination allowing to multiply new actions and uses of “Evomobil” as car options. He has named this “plugs” which are independent and can be connected on the front and the back of the vehicle. In case, several genetic transformations combine, we can say they share a common ancestral genetic pool. Every pod is original and unique as a sculpture that allies the dream to the formal, the past to the technology. The idea to work several entities allows all the “genetic transformations “ to spread an universal message on the evolution of the mobility and gives to the car industry new directions never investigated.
above: ORA-ÏTO is the label and the name of the French designer who created, at the age of 19 the very first virtual brand.
Two fabulous, enclosed single person vehicles, one powered by an engine, the other powered by a human. Vast price differences, but both are beautifully designed, aerodynamic and unique, to say the least.
For those who have more money to spend, the Peraves MonoTracer and EcoMobiles:
The remarkable MonoTracer and EcoTracers, fit right into the growing trend of ‘motorcycles’ with more than two wheels, and is on track for going into production. The MonoTracer is currently being shown at the Geneva Automobile Salon, and the Switzerland-based Peraves say they will ramp up their production facilities to manufacture up to 100 units of this vehicle in 2009.
above: Shown in Lukmanier Gold, one of several colors in which the enclosed motorcycle is available.
The Peraves MonoTracer features a self-supporting composite-monocoque chassis that’s made of kevlar and carbon fiber, bonded with epoxy-resin and reinforced with aluminum crash and roll bars. The suspension is comprised of a 50mm USD Marzocchi fork up front, and Monolever swingarm at the back.
Peraves have used the BMW K1200R’s liquid-cooled, 16-valve, 1171cc, 130bhp inline-four in the MonoTracer. The engine drives the rear wheel via BMW’s shaft-drive system and the gearbox is a sequential, manual-shift, four-speed (plus one reverse) unit. An automatic clutch is optional.
Source for above technical info: fasterandfaster.net
The MonoTracer furnishes its driver (and one passenger) with such luxuries as air-conditioning and windshield wipers, plus the safety of a cockpit made from Kevlar and carbon fiber and reinforced with an aluminum roll cage. The MonoTracer is also energy-efficient: its BMW engine, which goes from zero to 62 m.p.h. in 4.8 sec. (100 km/h), gets about 65 m.p.g. (28 km/L).
But don't expect to see packs of them on the road anytime soon. Peraves intends to build just 100 of the $81,000. machines, and owners will have to attend a training course. In Switzerland.
Learn pricing, options and more at the MonoTracer site here.
There are many various versions of the Mono or EcoTracer; a variants of the MonoTracer with different sized BMW engines. The Standard Eco, The Super Turbo Eco, and the Turbo Mono Eco. All are composite monocoque construction. See the ECO Mobile site for technical details and specs.
For those who would prefer to spend approximately one tenth the cost of the above vehicle, how about a Go One?
The Go One:
The Go One is significantly cheaper that the Peraves MonoTracer and EcoTracers. At around $7,800.oo it's based on a trike design, so it's powered by humans rather than an engine. A velomobile, it's great for the environment, not to mention for your fitness.
According to their site, there are only 13 registered in the US and according to factory records, 50 have been produced in Europe.
Yellow, white and red are the factory standard colors.
Non standard colors can be selected from their RAL color chart. There is a premium charge for the specialty colors from which there are 210 to choose.
There is an option to add an electrical assist motor, which can then propel you to 20 mph. And when the battery in the assist motor is depleted, you can recharge it by manual pedaling.
With the go-one, you pedal in a fully recumbant position, are protected from environmental elements, and it can be purchased with or without the rear canopy. It can also be purchased as kit (shown below) as opposed to fully assembled- though they recommend against that for various legal emissions reasons.
They are also looking for dealers or 'agents'. To learn more, please visit the Go One site here.
If you like modern transportation design, don't miss these:
• Ben Gulak's Uno
• The icon A5, amphibious aircraft