Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Elio Reservations Update - Over 60,000! (60142)

I remember being excited when I reserved my Elio back in January 2014. At the time I was under the impression that 60,000 reservations was a magical number, that it would be the official count that would launch the Elio production line. Sales were brisk, 

January 2014 was a long time ago. Reservations were indeed brisk then, with over 100 Elios being reserved per day, on average, until the bubble burst in September of that year when Elio stopped the 50% bonus incentive program. Reservations bottomed at a low of around 10-20 per day for a period, but then slowly started to rebound as word of the engineering prototypes hit the media. 

The reservations trend the past few months has been on a positive slope, likely because Elio has guaranteed a price of $7,000 for the first 65,000 locked-in reservationists. After that, the price goes up to $7,300, which is still an incredibly good value considering what you get.

I'm not sure if I'm as excited as when I ordered it, likely because I'm just numb from the waiting, as many early reservationists are. I think I'm also a little apathetic about the whole thing because I don't even know if or when I'll be able to take delivery in Canada. 

Oh well, I've waited this long. I guess I can wait a little longer.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Electra Meccanica Solo Vs Elio Motors specs and range

From http://www.product-reviews.net/2016/09/14/electra-meccanica-solo-vs-elio-motors-specs-and-range/:
Elio Motors will need to start offering more updates in terms of how they are going, like with their Government funding, as this not only determines its eventual release date, but also the final price as well. There are two reasons why they need to do this; the first is that those that have already preordered and parted with money have started to grow tired of progress of the three-wheeled vehicle – or lack of it.
However, it is the second reason that could be more of a headache for Elio Motors, and that is the official reveal of the Electra Mechanic Solo.


Read the rest of the article here.


News of Elio Motors latest tests is another step closer to production

From http://www.product-reviews.net/2016/09/22/news-of-elio-motors-latest-tests-is-another-step-closer-to-production/:
We know that many of you are still skeptical of Elio Motors, as the eventual release of its three-wheeled car has been pushed back several times. However, the latest news regarding this company does fill us with some hope that the start of its production date has moved another step closer.
Read the rest of the article here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

# of Elios Reserved (Live Chart)


(This is a test to see if the chart updates after I make changes to the database)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Article: Engineering the Elio (from http://www.adandp.media/)

"Elio Motors is something of a brash company. After all, here is an outfit that is developing an all-new motor vehicle—one that has three wheels (two in the front, one in the rear), a three-cylinder engine (0.9-liter; 55 hp, 55 lb-ft) and two seats (not side-by-side, but tandem, with one in front, one in back)—that is intended to have an MSRP on the order of $7,300 and that will be built in a former GM factory in Shreveport, Louisiana."
Read the rest of the original article (and watch the video) at https://goo.gl/F681bQ.

It's Encouraging...

It's encouraging to see the increase in Elio sales the past few weeks. It's probably a sign that the public is becoming more aware of the Elio and has increased confidence in its reality, or that people are taking advantage of the $7000 lock-in price for the first 65,000 sales. [Raw Data]






Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Story of Elio Motors (video)


Courtesy Devin Thorpe

Article "Elio Motors: The Other Breakthrough Car Company" (link)

This is probably the best article I've read about the Elio.

From http://goo.gl/YJLmsE (Engineering.com):
The mass media and technical press alike have understandably given Elon Musk and Tesla Motors widespread coverage, but there’s another automotive startup that looks poised to launch a revolutionary new vehicle: Elio Motors.
Read the rest of the article here

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Elio Reservations Update - Over 55,000! (55021)

It's taken about four months for reservations to go from 50K to 55K, averaging about 36 per day.


In my previous update about sales I was optimistically hoping to pick up my Elio in the summer of 2017, but, with the news that the first 100 will be going to an unnamed fleet company for testing, and with the current rate of prototype testing and schedule slippages, I think I'll adjust my hoped-for pickup date to the summer of 2018.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Body Panels, Powertrain Prepped and Ready for E-Series Assembly

(Original post at https://goo.gl/X6eXK4)

"Elio Motors’ Pilot Operations Center in Livonia, Mich., currently is a hotbed of activity in the building of the E-Series vehicles. In this week’s Momentum, we’re taking a look at the arrival of a shipment of body panels and engines/transmissions that have revved up our activities, so to speak.

If you recall, we have our own paint shop in the Pilot Operations Center. This means that the panels are shipped from our supplier, Molded Plastic Industries, primed and ready for paint prep. Because the E-Series vehicles will be hand assembled, the panels are individually painted before they are attached to the frame and vehicle buildup begins."

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Elio Motors’ technician prepares the surface of a fender prior to painting.
Read the rest of the Elio blog post at https://goo.gl/X6eXK4

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Elio Motors Releases Body Framing and Engine Cradle Design to Suppliers for E-Series Engineering Prototype Builds

"Elio Motors, the startup vehicle manufacturer launching a three-wheeled vehicle that will get up to 84 MPG with a targeted base price of $6,800, today announced that it has released to its suppliers the body framing and engine cradle design for its E-Series engineering prototypes. The E-Series prototypes will be used for safety, wind tunnel and manufacturability validation, prior to the start of commercial production."

Read the rest of the story on the PR Newswire website at http://goo.gl/uSV42S

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Elio Reservations Update - Over 50,000! (50155)


It's been a long time coming but we've finally reached the 50k milestone!


When I put my deposit on the Elio sales were fairly brisk, routinely exceeding 50 per day (averaged) and often 100 per day. After September 2014, when the 50% reservation bonus was withdrawn, the reservation rate dropped remarkably, averaging mostly between 20 and 30 per day. With the recent auto shows and the commercial, sales the past few weeks have been better, seeing reservations of over 40 per day, on average. (Note that Elio reinstated the 50% reservation bonus, but the numbers never returned to the previous sales performance.)