Reader Question: The Elio Not Cometh?

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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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  1. It’s too bad the Elio probably won’t come, because it would be a PERFECT car for me! I’m single and rarely carry any passengers, yet I had to buy a bigger car with four seats that go unused almost all the time…

  2. I always wonder if it would have been better to have sold the Elio overseas. You always see certain countries that use scores of mopeds. You’d think if that people in that economy can’t quite afford a full sized car maybe the Elio would fit the bill as an improvement over the moped


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