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OK, I am invested in Tesla as most know and could afford one if I cashed out some but I am waiting for both the Model X and possible may wait until the Consumer model comes out in 2017. But despite not feeding a tow vehicle anymore and only part timing, and again looking for a rig, the cost of fuel gets me every time I fill up. I have been looking at this ne3w start up, Elio Motors since last year and immediately thought it was a repeat of the Dale Scam of the 70s. That is, until they chose Shreveport, which is next to where I live now, to have their factory. They are leasing what we locally refer to as the "old GM plant" over on the Bert Kouns Loop in Shreveport's West side. I was excited as a vehicle fan, like most guys are when a new idea gets done. But like with Tesla I waited to see it happen before I invested all our liquid holdings into it. It so happened that they didn't go public until two years after putting the roadster into production, and to raise funds for the Fremont CA. Factory refitting. I drove by and they are really doing it here! Their lease landlord says they are paid up through 2015, and it looks real enough to me to believe it will happen. It was mentioned here already but I finally took the plunge. I now as of today have a paid up reservation for one and am number 26k plus in line. I am not going to go back to get my exact number as of today because I only put $100.00 cash down on one. If they go bankrupt before my car comes off the assembly line oh well, they and I tried. However, they don't let on how many are 1000.00 deposits, 500, etc. because us $100.00 deposit customers are bumped by every person who puts more deposit down. For those who, missed the earlier thread here you can catch up and go here: http://www.eliomotors.com/ Why now? For me it is because I do not want a years long wait like the electric smart had. Why Elio? Well I was a lifetime biker/scooter/three-wheeler/dune-buggy driver/rider, and I love the idea itself of a production three wheeler with all the amenities of A/C, Heat, Rain and weather proof, and holds us two and some groceries, or a lot of groceries if only one goes and the rear seat is down via the hatchback. It will hold a bag of golf clubs or whatever. But the biggest reason is the promised 84 mpg. At todays prices that is like me paying ~ a dollar a gallon in equivalence. (30mpg is almost 1/3 of 83mpg gas here costs $3.10 a gallon at todays cheapest station.)The savings are even greater if we compare it to my 20 mpg Ranger truck, or my 24mpg HHR. Only Lynn's 2012 Kia Rio 5 door hatchback gets 30 mpg or more. So hopefully I can be driving it next year. If not, I consider it no more of a loss than my annual charity, the St. Jude house that is donated and built every year, and for which I buy one $100.00 ticket. I have not won in the 7 or so years I have contributed. But it is also my charity. (Well we do the local women's shelter and the food bank too) What are they going to come up with next? Life is good.