Elio Motors to show fuel-sipping three-wheeler in LA
When it lands next year, Elio\'s 84-mpg P5 will cost less than $7,000.
Arizona-based Elio Motors has announced it will travel to the Los Angeles Motor Show to introduce an experimental three-wheeler named P5.
Official CAD renderings reveal that the fifth-generation prototype boasts a futuristic design inspired by the company's previous concepts. Unique on the market, it stands out thanks to front wheels that are completely enclosed in order to reduce drag and a narrow, highly-aerodynamic body whose shape is vaguely reminiscent of the Volkswagen XL1.
The P5 isn't the Spartan, back-to-the-basics machine its eco-friendly aspirations might suggest it is. Its cockpit offers space for a single passenger and a comprehensive list of equipment that includes power locks and windows, cup holders, parking sensors, and even a USB port. A rear-view camera partially makes up for the fact that the trike has no rear window.
When fuel economy isn't a priority, the P5 accelerates to 60 mph from a stop in 9.6 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 100 mph.
The P5 is billed as a prototype, but Elio Motors hopes it will ultimately spawn a regular-production model aimed largely at commuters. If everything goes as planned, the three-wheeler will go on sale late next year with a base price of about $6,800, a figure that will make it the cheapest new car on the market by a long shot. It will be built in a former General Motors factory located in Shreveport, Louisiana.