I like my gadgets. Technology is, after all, my livelihood. You will find me running all over tech conventions looking at the latest and greatest products out there, but there is one area where I am not likely to roam. That would be the car section.
Yes, vehicles are super exciting, and I will check them out from time to time just to show you guys all the details. They just happen to not be my personal priority. Here’s why. When I look for a vehicle, I am not looking for the fanciest, most luxurious or strongest cars. And this is usually what you see at these conventions.
When it comes to cars, I am all about convenience. See, I am a 20-something single male living in the city. This city also happens to be San Diego, which is huge. I want a vehicle that is gas efficient, small (for parking) and easy. I don’t want my vehicle to add extra stress to my life. And why not? I also like my vehicles with a bit of character. I want them to be… different.
This is why I am a huge fan of motorcycles, Smart Cars and other electric vehicles like the GenZe electric scooter. I am a bit of a dork, like that. I don’t dream of speeding down the highway in a Lamborghini, I dream of zipping around the city and getting to my friends at the local bar.
When I was at CES, this year, I saw this little 3-wheel vehicle that looks like some kind of grasshopper. It was silly and cute, but I was rushing to cover all those other CES 2015 gadgets, so I didn’t stop by. Later I get an email from Elio Motors telling me all about the vehicle. It’s my dream come true!
It will definitely turn heads!
This vehicle will turn heads. It is different and not really bad looking. I must say I really like its looks, even if it is quite a dorky little car. Regardless, it’s a perfect conversation starter and a very efficient way to get around.
Its design is all about convenience, too. The Elio is much narrower, giving you more driving space, as well as parking opportunities. And you are not missing out too much on space, as it still fits a passenger and has a little area for storing your goods.
Holy gas mileage
Elio Motors has managed to cut weight down to 1250 pounds. This thing is light! Let’s put it into perspective, though. The Smart Car weighs about 1800 pounds, while something like the Toyota Prius weighs above 3000 pounds.
This means your car can use up less gas and take you much further. But just how far can the Elio take you? Get on the highway and you can get a whopping 84 MPG (miles per gallon). You can also get about 49 MPG in the city. That is what I call gas efficient, guys.
Of course, this tiny and light car is awesome, but is it safe? One would imagine not, right? After all, how will this little thing end up after colliding with a full-sized car? And don’t even dream about coming face to face with, say, an F150.
While I am sure it’s a risk some of us may be willing to take, Elio Motors says they have engineered this trike to pass a 5-star safety rating. 5 stars happens to be the highest rating.
They can make this vehicle safe by adding 3 air bags and keeping the front & back longer. This would give the vehicle more leeway during a collision. As you can see, the car is actually nearly as long as a regular vehicle.
It’s incredible how affordable the cars of the future are becoming. It’s already impressive enough to see the Mercedes Benz-made Smart Car starting at only $12000, but the Elio beats it by far. The Elio will cost only $6800!
I mean, think about it. What cars cost $6800 brand new? Not very many. And we also have to keep in mind this vehicle is made in the USA, manufactured by 90% American parts. Elio is proving you can make an affordable vehicle even in the USA, something we haven’t seen before.
Who else loves this thing?!
What’s there no to love here? I will be sure to stop by and try to get a closer look at the Elio next time I can. It would be especially awesome if we can manage to get a test drive!
But tell us. Are you like me? Will this car be fit for you? I would like to use it as a main vehicle, because I don’t need more. Elio does state that this is an additional vehicle. This means it won’t replace your family van or weekend sports car. It’s just a smaller vehicle you can have to get to work or make a quick run to the store.