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abracky   Friday, 05/11/18 12:29:34 PM
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Elio Motors says it will build production cars next October
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Elio Motors founder Paul Elio at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

Elio Motors founder Paul Elio at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

Paul Elio told investors and media Friday in Shreveport, Louisiana, that his three-wheeled car would go on sale next year after several delays and questions about funding.

"I believe this project has to happen," Elio said.

Elio told media that his company had raised more than $100 million for a three-wheeled car that would cost $7,500 and manage 84 mpg. Elio said production vehicles would start rolling off the lines in 76 weeks, roughly October 2019.

In 2013, taxpayers in Shreveport purchased a shuttered GM facility for $7.5 million and leased it to Elio. The fledgling automaker pledged to employ more then 1,500 workers by 2015, but reported just 28 employees in 2016.

Elio said at Friday's press conference that he had not effectively communicated with taxpayers in Shreveport, but also said he couldn't answer crucial questions about the company's finances because of SEC rules.

Last month, Overstock.com announced a $2.5 million investment in Elio and said it would help back the company in a cryptocurrency offering that would help raise money to build cars.

Elio didn't answer many questions about the coming cryptocurrency, including its anticipated revenue, value, or timing for release. Elio said he would update local Shreveport officials at a closed-door meeting about his fundraising later.

Elio faced critical questions about his ability to produce a car from the factory and how much money he's raised so far. He said the former GM plant had "many" tools and machines he needed for production, and said the company would not have to buy many machines to produce the future car.

About 150 prototypes will be built between now and October, Elio said Friday, but he didn't specify how many workers he would need to build those cars. Elio said he was confident that his company could fulfill the 65,000 orders it's received for the three-wheeled cars, but Elio didn't specify when all of those orders would be fulfilled.



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