The cheap, economical three wheeled car 26



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Americans have lined up to pay cash to get on the waiting list for a completely new looking, three wheeler car at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and it might just have you tempted.  It’s cheap, economical, and seats two people – tick tick tick for most retirees.

The two-seat, three wheeled invention made by Elio Motors is a low priced, incredibly fuel efficient car that runs with a petrol engine and can travel about 35 kilometres on the highway for a litre of fuel.

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.

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And entertainingly, their in-house science geeks broadcast that Elio will emit even less harmful emissions in the atmosphere per year than the average flatulent cow.

It is not yet available in the US, but when it is, it is to be priced at $6,800 USD, and people are paying now for the privilege of being on the waiting list.

There is already 40,000 people who have paid to get on the waiting list according to the VP Sales, who was quoted in a New York Times article.  And this is before the car is to be featured at the New York International Auto Show, later this month.

The first Elio was meant originally to be delivered in 2014 but this has been delayed due to struggles with capital raising and access to production facilities, pushing the launch date back to 2016.  So while there is no car to sell, people are lining up to get on the waiting list and they are offering a “refundable” or a “non-refundable” position on the list with the non-refundable getting priority over the refundable for the same amount.  Sounds a bit cheeky to me.


What do you think of this, the cheap three wheeled, two seater car?  Could it be the solution for retirees looking for a low cost, local driving, cheap to operate vehicle?


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. A great idea, but I bet the Fun Police & the Do Gooders in the various State Governments will regulate it so nobody can buy one.
    I know because I used to work for a State Government Authority.

  2. A really cheap new small car would be great – but I would be a tad nervous driving it in front of a large SUV or even worse a B-double.

  3. Wouldn’t a cheap car NOT running on petrol be better as a little run around…like perhaps electric or solar or I believe Hyundai are coming out with a car running on Hydrogen.

  4. Where do I put my Great Dane and all my luggage? Looks good for small people with small dogs and small suitcases!!

  5. As long as it has a decent range and can sit on 110 kmh it might be viable here. Got to be safer and more practical than a motorbike.

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