Elio Motors Dreams and Fun Facts About Our Next Rides

Gear Diary is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn More.

A Facebook post by Judie last night sparked renewed interest in the cars we pre-ordered from Elio Motors last January. Our upcoming vehicles get an amazing 84 MPG, top speeds of 100 MPH, and cost just $6800. In fact, since Judie and I each went all-in and put down a non-refundable $1000 deposit, our Elios will be just $5300!

84 MPG and 100 MPH aren’t the only fun facts about the cars. Here are a few others.Elio Motors

The Elio is a two-door car, but only when Judie and I have our cars parked one next to the other. Yes, this vehicle from Elio Motors has only has one door. That not really an issue, since the two seats are front to back — or inline — rather than side to side. Add in the fact that nixing the second door saves $200 per car, and there was every reason to have a single door design.

Gas up and go go go…. As noted, the Elio gets 84 MPG and has a top speed of over 100 MPH. At three times the mileage of the average car, that means that, at highway speeds, we can expect over 650 miles on a single tank. For me, that means I can leave my house and make it to Detroit, MI without needing to stop and refuel. For Judie, who lives in Texas where distances come with a capital D, it means she’ll be able to go to the stop light and back without the need of a gas station. (I kid… she’ll be able to hit the store twice on a single tank.) Okay, in all seriousness, it means she can make it to Austin and back from her front driveway, and then drive back to Austin again with gas to spare! Austin is 197.3 miles away from her home, by the way.Screen Shot 2014 09 09 at 6 50 42 AM Got methane? While we’re talking about Texas, how’s this for a fun little tidbit: thanks to burps and flatulence, a single cow produces 242 lbs. of methane in a year. Methane, it seems, traps 20 times more heat than CO2 over a 100-year period. That, in turn, means the average cow emit 4,840 lbs. of CO2 equivalent greenhouses gases in a single year. By contrast, if driven 20,000 miles, each Elio Motors vehicle will emit only 4,500 lbs. of CO2. Yes, our new cars are better for the environment than a cow …  and they smell better too!

What color should we order from Elio Motors?

We’re excited to be getting our cars some time in the coming months and will be turning to you for suggestions as to the colors we get.

As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Thanks for your support!


About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.