DURAND, Mich. – Twenty years ago in Flint, MI, General Motors Institute – now Kettering University – served as the seminal start of a journey that jumpstarted Paul Elio’s dream. The graduate of General Motors Institute in Flint developed a fuel-efficient vehicle that gets 84 mpg. Even better, Elio, the founder and CEO of Elio Motors, plans to sell the vehicle for a mere $6,800.
Despite Elio’s vehicle being labeled a “game-changer,” it has some drawbacks, although they’re necessary for the vehicle to be as cheap and efficient as it is. Elio’s vehicle has only three wheels, and can seat only two people, which might be trivial to plenty of drivers anyway.
Elio Motors website claims the vehicle’s ability to achieve 84 mpg is “simple physics.” Who knows what the scientific equations were that led Elio to develop such a brilliant vehicle, but we’re guessing the graduate of General Motors Institute in Flint developed a fuel-efficient vehicle through the lessons he learned at his alma mater.
Elio expects to launch his vehicle into production by 2016, but he still needs investors to help him reach that point. Fortunately, he has plenty of support from suppliers in metro Detroit as well as a staff-ready factory in Shreveport, LA.
Along with a growing following of backers, Elio’s vehicle already has 45,000 reservations from intrigued drivers anticipating its debut. He expects the vehicle will appeal to four market segments: new car buyers, used car buyers, car buyers with a limited budget, and car buyers looking for a secondary vehicle.
GMI in Flint was a starting point for Elio, but he’s since moved out of the mitten and now resides in Phoenix. Finding the road to success wasn’t simple for the entrepreneur, but after a slew of jobs before attending and graduating from GMI, Elio has carved out – and nearly conquered – a niche market for his product.
We love seeing members of the Flint community go on to lead successful lives around Michigan and beyond. Elio’s story of determination along with GM’s uptick in Flint-area investments has us growing more excited about the future of this city and its surrounding suburbs. That’s why we’re proud to be a Flint area Chevy dealership that provides a great inventory of new Chevy cars and new Chevy trucks to the people in this community.
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