Elio aimed at crash- test wall

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKES - PHOTO: ELIO

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.

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