Elio Motors three-wheeled P5, a fifth generation prototype

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 24, 2015

Elio Motors officially introduced to the world the P5, a fifth generation prototype. This announcement was made during a news conference at one of the most influential auto shows in the world, the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The company says that this enclosed and three-wheeled vehicle is targeted to be launched during the latter part of 2016 with a possible $6,800 base price. The company also expects that it will return 84 MPG.

Though the P5 is a fifth generation, it is the first time that the company will be using a 3-cylinder 0.9-liter engine. This particular engine was developed by IAV for the P5. This is because as the company was developing the P5, it realized that there were no engines available that had the combination that it wanted in terms of efficiency, speed, and power. The engine allows the P5 a 100 mph top speed with acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds.

According to Elio Motors CEO Paul Elio, the company is more than proud not just to show this new product during the LA Auto Show but to show the world a novel approach when it comes to transportation. At the center of this prototype is the engine which represents the company's commitment to a vehicle that is fuel-efficient but low cost, Elio adds.

The P5 is the company's way of ensuring that the country would reduce its dependence from foreign oil, create new jobs for Americans, and provide consumers with a very good alternative to high-cost vehicles. Aside from the engine, Elio Motors also made modifications on the body in order to improve aerodynamics.

Compared to the P4, the P5 has a front end that is longer and more aerodynamic. These improvements not only enhanced the aerodynamics but it resulted in better fuel efficiency. Furthermore it also gave the P5 a futuristic style and look. The company also said that it will have a side-exhaust.

The interior was upgraded in order to differentiate the prototype from the production models. One upgrade is to raise the arm rest on its door in order to be more comfortable. The rear seat was also lowered by around 1 inch to have more headroom and more foam was put in to make it cushier. The instrument panel was improved as well with the color inserts now red instead of orange to match the color of the exterior.

The company also made sure to improve the iPad holder so that there was no need to make any vertical adjustment. Another important modification is the shape of the A-pillar to make it less intrusive. Finally the dashboard now has brushed metal giving it a modern look. According to the company, the P5 has already piqued the interest of many customers as more than 47,000 are said to have reserved a unit.

Once the P5 enters full production, Elio Motors expects that it will be able to generate an estimated 1,500 jobs at its facility located in Shreveport, Louisiana. Furthermore, the company also plans to have 90% North American content and generate an additional 1,500 jobs from the different divisions like the supply base, sales, service, and corporate headquarters. There will also be an estimated 18,000 indirect jobs that will be sustained or even created across the country.

Indeed, Elio shares, the project offers a variety of improvements for every sector, whether it’s the economy, the manufacturing industry, concern for the environment, and even just wanting to drive a unique vehicle. Elio adds that the P5 is just one step in the company's strategic initiative.

Press Release

Elio Motors Unveils P5 Prototype Vehicle Features 0.9 Liter, 3-cylinder Engine from IAV

Elio Motors today introduced its fifth generation prototype, the P5, at a news conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The company is targeting a launch date of late 2016 for its three-wheeled, enclosed vehicle that is expected to get up to 84 MPG and retail for a targeted base price of $6,800.

The P5 is the company's first prototype to feature the 0.9-liter, 3-cylinder engine designed specifically for Elio Motors by engine developer IAV.

"We are extremely proud to unveil the new Elio Motors prototype at the LA Auto Show today, among those who appreciate such a bold new approach to transportation," said Paul Elio, CEO of Elio Motors. "Adding our own specially designed engine is the heart of our vehicle prototype and is a significant step forward in our commitment to producing a low-cost, highly fuel-efficient vehicle. This puts our company one step closer to production and our ultimate goals of reducing our country's dependence on foreign oil, creating American manufacturing jobs and providing consumers with a low-cost alternative to traditional transportation choices."

As Elio Motors developed its revolutionary vehicle, the company quickly realized that no engine currently on the market had the combination of speed, power and efficiency that its customers would desire. With the new engine from IAV, the Elio is projected to go from 0-to-60 MPH in 9.6 seconds, have a top speed of more than 100 MPH and get up to 84 MPG on the highway.

Body Modifications Boost Aerodynamics, MPG

The front end of the P5 will be slightly longer and slightly more aerodynamic than its predecessor, the P4. The aerodynamic improvement will ultimately help with fuel efficiency. The longer front end looks more futuristic and stylish. The P5 also will feature side-exhaust that will replicate how the exhaust is likely to look in the final version.

Interior Upgrades

During the past decade, automakers have put more emphasis on interior styling, amenities and functionality. Elio Motors has made several interior changes that will likely help differentiate the vehicle when it gets to production, including:

Raising the arm rest on the door to make it more comfortable;
Lowering the rear seat one inch to create more headroom;
Adding more foam to the rear seat for a cushier feel.

Elio Motors also upgraded the instrument panel for better aesthetics:

Color inserts were changed from orange to red to match the exterior color of the P5;
A more robust iPad holder was installed so that no vertical adjustment was necessary;
The A-pillar shape will be less intrusive; and
Brushed metal was added to the dashboard to provide a more modern look.

This Elio is generating interest from consumers, as more than 47,000 people have made a reservation for a place in line to purchase an Elio when they go to production. The company estimates upwards of 1,500 people will be directly employed at Elio Motors' Shreveport, Louisiana production facility. In addition, the Elio will use 90 percent North American content and create an additional 1,500 jobs from the supply base, Elio Motors corporate, as well as sales and service once full production is underway. Plus, approximately 18,000 indirect jobs nationwide are projected to be created or sustained.

"This project has a little something for everyone," Elio said. "Whether someone cares about the environment, the economy, our nation's manufacturing backbone, or they just want a unique and compelling vehicle to drive, Elio Motors will make a positive impact. The P5 build is another important step in our march toward production and is the culmination of several important strategic initiatives we have completed or launched in the past several months. We look forward to keeping our momentum rolling."

About Elio Motors
Founded by car enthusiast Paul Elio in 2009, Elio Motors Inc. represents a revolutionary approach to manufacturing an ultra-high-mileage vehicle. The three-wheeled Elio is engineered to attain a highway mileage rating of up to 84 mpg while providing the comfort of amenities such as power windows, power door lock and air conditioning, accompanied by the safety of multiple air bags and an aerodynamic, enclosed vehicle body. Elio's first manufacturing site will be in Shreveport, La. For more information, visit www.eliomotors.com or www.facebook.com/ElioMotors.

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