Elio Motors plans to manufacture a three-wheeled vehicle (two wheels in front, one in back) with a US $7,300 (for the first 65,000 reservations) base price. It is projected to achieve up to 84 MPG-US (2.8 L/100 km) on the highway and up to 49 MPG in the city. It is an alternative, low-cost, high-mileage option for a wide variety of consumers. There are currently four prototypes and two validation vehicles (codename E1-A and E1-D) to test for safety, aerodynamics and durability. Once the testing phase is concluded, the company will build 100 pre-production fleet vehicles at its Shreveport, Louisiana, manufacturing facility.
The three wheeler will be equipped with standard features such as AC/Heat (manufactured by RedDOT), AM/FM stereo, power windows/door lock, cruise control, three airbags, a reinforced steel roll cage, side intrusion beams, stability control, and disc brakes with ABS. Continental AG has created a tire specifically for the Elio. The Elio is being engineered to the meet motorcycle standards because its three-wheel design falls under the U.S. government motorcycle classification. The company has lobbied, in most states, to alter regulations that would otherwise require drivers to wear a helmet and, in many states, to remove the requirement for operators to have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license.