Elio Motors was founded in 2009 for an ambitious effort: bringing 3-wheeled, fully-enclosed trikes capable of achieving 84 miles per gallon to market for just $6,800. The company began taking “refundable reservation agreements” as much as $1,000 in 2013, for a debut on July 2014. Then the third quarter of 2015. Then mid-2016—right around now, actually. You still can’t buy one—but the company has spent years changing the laws in nearly every state in hopes that someday, you might be able to drive it.
It’s been an ambitious effort.