Updated 04:41 PM EST, Thu, Dec 02, 2021

Elio Motors' 3-Wheeled Car is Insanely Efficient and Cheap; Launch Inches Closer

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Three-wheel cars? Yep. They're coming. Elio Motors plans to bring its vision for a hyper efficient three-wheeler to the market soon and at an affordable price that's almost too good to be true. Granted, three-wheel cars have been around for a long time, but not in America. Technically, the Elio classifies as a motorcycle in the United States, though it still drives like a car. 

According to iStreet Research, the Elio seats two and gets--you won't believe this--84 miles per gallon. Yep. And that's not even the best part. Elio motors plans to sell its new vehicle for just $6,800. The company is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and plans to start manufacturing its cars at a former General Motors facility in Louisiana very soon.

Elio claims that they already have 27,000 pre-orders for their cars. They plan to sell directly to customers through their own stores and eschew the traditional way of selling cars through franchised dealerships. 

Though the Elio car is technically classified as a motorcycle because of its three-wheel design, the company's found, Paul Elio, promised that it meets the safety standards of a typical four-wheel car. 

Since they only seat two passengers (who sit front to back, instead of side-by-side), Elios are expected to appeal to single people or commuters in need of a fuel efficient car simply get them to and from work without hurting their wallets, so to speak. 

According to CBS News in Detroit, the car will feature a three-cylinder, 0.9 liter engine and a top speed of over 100 miles per hour. It's mpg for city driving is 49, which is far less than its 84 mpg on the highway, but still respectable. 

Elio is able to charge under $7,000 per car by limiting production costs in several ways. It only has one door (on the left side), which makes it cheaper, and also having one less wheel than a typical car also limits cost. There are also a few upgrades buyers can get which would bring the costs up, like navigation and blind spot notification. 

The cars will also be serviced through Pep Boys and sold in 60 "major metropolitan areas" around the country, reports CBS. 

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