Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Ben asks: I noticed the question and your answer from May 10 about Elio and why they have not been able to get a car going yet. Due to that, has Mr. Elio not approached other manufacturers about some kind of merger so they could then be part of the ground floor of a brand new kind of car?
My reply: I have tried to glean more info – by directly contacting the company – but so far nothing worth reporting, or I would have! I think Elio faces two huge problems: The EV Nudge is practically a shove now – and the corollary to this is that IC-powered cars are “so yesterday.” And politically incorrect. Which makes it hard to find investors, much less a major car company willing to buy in.
Two, gas is very cheap and (absent Uncle) likely to become even more so – which eliminates one of the main draws of the Elio. Add in what I wrote about Fiat the other day – viz, that easy financing is enabling people to buy much more car than they can afford – and so, most do.
The Elio is a car for financially prudent, sensible people. Such people are hard to find in Stage 4 America, unfortunately.
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