Elio Motors, which unveiled the P5 prototype at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, has just announced a plan to sell 100 pre-production cars, all of which will be built in Shreveport, Louisiana during the fourth quarter of 2016.
This limited run of pre-production vehicles will help Elio Motors work toward mass production.
"Elio Motors is ecstatic to announce that we are taking a major step forward in our development of the Elio," said Elio Motors founder and CEO Paul Elio. "We now intend to sell the first 100 pre-production vehicles built to one or more fleet customers, rather than use them for internal purposes as previously disclosed in our offering statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This will help us generate additional revenue, it will allow us to evaluate vehicles under real-world driving conditions, and it will allow our supplier team to refine our design."
The official launch of the Elio will take place in 2017, although the exact date has yet to be determined. It is projected to cost around $6,800 USD.