Elio aimed at crash- test wall
After Wheels pointed out how the hype surrounding the Elio trike is starting to sound a lot like the bluster that came ( and went) with the South African Joule electric car, the American team announced a week ago that the final stage of engineering has been completed and crash testing is next. Then only will building of the trikes already ordered by 52 601 Americans, begin. The Elio is the dream of Paul Elio, who according to the website, ‘ saw Americans struggling with an economy that was taking too much and giving back too little’, and decided the world needs a ‘ three- wheeled masterpiece of automotive brilliance that bears his name’. Since 2013, Elio has been promising to sell the trike for $ 6 800 ( R98 408), which will be the cheapest trike on the market, if the company delivers on the hype.