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Elio three-wheeler gets 10,000 reservations so far at up to $1,000 a pop

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Folks just can't seem to wait for the Elio Motors super-fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicle that is scheduled to begin production during the first quarter of next year. As a matter of fact, as of the end of last year, there were a reported 6,300 takers for the aerodynamic car-like trike, which had an initial 10,000 guesstimation reservation list. As of February 20th however, the company surpassed the 10,000 mark with potential buyers of the Elio reportedly, paying as low as $100 and as high as $1,000 to make sure, they will get their hands on the trendy two-seater when it finally makes its splash on these shores.

The Elio uses a 70 horsepower 1.0 liter, 3-cylinder engine that is located in the front of the vehicle. The tiny, yet somewhat mighty little dynamo can reach speeds of up to 100 mph and reach 60 mph in 9.6 seconds. Here is the showstopper that everyone seems to be enamored by, the fuel savings; the Elio is a gasoline sipper bar none. The automaker claims the vehicle delivers a highway fuel economy of up to 84 mpg and city-wise it offers 49 mpg. The Elio can reportedly travel a full 672 miles!

How much will this super green ride cost? A mere $6,800!

Elio Motors says that the diminutive vehicle will be engineered to receive a 5-star crash test rating. The Elio will also be equipped with such surprises as power windows, windshield wipers, tempered glass, steering wheel, gas and brake pedals and doors, airbags, anti-lock brakes and even a radio. Elio Motors claims that it can accommodate 95 percent of men and has even tested it with 6-foot 8-inch and 325-pound passengers. The company also promises that the three-wheeler's trunk space will be at least 27 x 14 x 10 inches.

So is the Elio a car or trike?

Well even though the automakers site mentions that the vehicle is considered a motorcycle by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, company executives and lobbyists will have quite a time convincing the D.C. powers that be that it is indeed a car.

Meanwhile the Elio power-that-be are enjoying the attention that the vehicle has brewed up which is evident in the mostly non-refundable reservations list that is that is growing by leaps and bounds everyday. Elio Motors states in a press release, "Although refundable deposits can be made, more than 80 percent of customers have opted for the non-refundable reservation, again reinforcing how strongly consumers feel about this vehicle. As more people see and hear about this vehicle, we expect reservations to continue to grow exponentially."

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