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Old 04-04-2016, 11:27 PM   #1441 (permalink)
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The niche for three-wheelers like the Piaggio APE only covers small businesses in urban areas where traffic limits speed for larger cargo vehicles.
In some under-developed countries, such as Brazil, the perception of a car as a status symbol is still prevalent, even though a three-wheeler would actually be more practical for the business. But I still consider the higher degree of "specialization" of an utility tricicle like the Piaggio Ape to urban operation is the deal breaker, as many households still have only one vehicle and therefore it's required to perform reasonably on occasional road trips too.

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Old 04-07-2016, 11:50 PM   #1442 (permalink)
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I still say mico cars would be well received in the US if they were allowed by law. Basically buyer beware, no US crash standards required. I still say this is the only reason Elio has 3 wheels. Maybe not even 10 years ago, but when gas hits $4 again and with nothing under $10,000 new suddenly a $6000 Maruti Suzuki Alto looks pretty good. Guess what, it gets "up to" 82 MPG also! Although is "rated" at 54mpg us.
The hybrid version is actually rated at 84 mpg and goes for $13,000 in Japan.

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Old 04-08-2016, 01:17 AM   #1443 (permalink)
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Since people already have their choice to get "unsafe" vehicles, why limiting them to 2 or 3-wheelers?
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:11 AM   #1444 (permalink)
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:31 PM   #1445 (permalink)
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Thursday news you can use: Trike maker Elio sets up shop just down the road from Detroit - Roadshow
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It says the Shreveport facility is still in play, this is just a Pilot Operations Center for the production of test chassis.

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Elio Motors hopes to shake up the auto industry with its 84-mpg-estimated three-wheeler, but first, it's going to need to produce vehicles for testing.
They are intent on shaking up an industry that going to be lunch for the EV makers.
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So what's going to hit the roads first- Tesla 3s or Elios?
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Well, technically, the 4th would be the Model 3...but if you're excluding the Roadster, then it will be the Model Y (S3XY).

And so far, they haven't done better than Tucker yet. I'll start increasing my "UltArc Estimated Chance of Success Rate" from 0% when they accomplish more than Tucker.
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