How Elio Motors Wants To Redefine Three-Wheelers, Starting With The Law

For as long as they've existed in the vehicular landscape, three-wheelers have occupied a sort of nebulous space between motorcycles and cars, and not just because of their wheel count. They're usually legally classified as with motorcycles, which has meant a few headaches for Elio Motors, the startup automaker that… » 3/27/15 12:06pm Friday 12:06pm

Here's Elio's Supposedly 84 MPG 3-Cylinder Engine At Full Throttle

Elio Motors is getting closer to turning their "definitive" 2016 model into reality, and here's our first look at what's going to power it: a 0.9 three-cylinder based on the Geo Metro's engine. » 3/09/15 10:10am 3/09/15 10:10am

What It's Like To Drive A Car Made Of Styrofoam

I have a bit of a problem. The cars I often find most interesting are, at least on paper, the most awful ones. And of all the cars at the Detroit Auto Show, with its Ford GTs and NSXs and all that, and was smitted by this three-wheeled, 500 lb electric shoebox made of styrofoam. » 1/20/15 12:00pm 1/20/15 12:00pm

Elio Releases 'Definitive' 2016 Model At CES 2015

Elio has released their "definitive" 2016 model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, even though the electric-looking three-wheeler is gasoline powered. Our very own Tavarish spoke to Elio's CEO a few days ago and The Verge's Sam Scheffer took the fourth version of the vehicle out onto the strip for some… » 1/10/15 11:10am 1/10/15 11:10am

Is This Where Elio Got Their 84 MPG Number?

One of the things I've never fully understood about Elio Motor's still-not-quite-real new car is their focus on a gas mileage rating of 84 MPG. Why 84? Why not 85, or 80? What's so magical about 84? They almost certainly picked that number for non-technical reasons, since they don't even have an engine yet. Maybe it… » 12/01/14 9:25pm 12/01/14 9:25pm

This Startup Will Buy An Old GM Plant In Louisiana, But Is Their Car…

The GM Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant in Caddo Parish, La., once happily churned out Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks. Then the Carpocalypse hit and General Motors went bankrupt, causing them to give up the facility as part of their reorganization. » 1/03/13 5:40pm 1/03/13 5:40pm

Elio Zagato, Racer And Innovator, Dead At 88

Elio Zagato, son of company founder Ugo Zagato, passed away yesterday. Like his father, Elio dedicated his life to racing and developing cars and is partially responsible for the Alfa SZ, Lanica Sports, and double-bubble top. [la Repubblica] » 9/16/09 12:40pm 9/16/09 12:40pm