It is the year 2017. The crusade on the car as we know it is in full swing. As a result, our roads are filled with crimes against humanity such as the Toyota Prius. Furthermore, the United Kingdom decided to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 . Germany is also considering a similar plan . Many major cities, predominantly in Europe, are going car-free in places.
As a result, this makes the world a very dull place for those of us who love cars. The majority of the population cares less about acceleration or handling and more about gas mileage and stupidly overly complicated infotainment systems. Hence why more people drive about in Honda Civics and Toyota Priuses than cars that are somewhat interesting, such as the BMW 3 Series or a Saab of some sort. As a result, many exciting cars are overlooked by the majority of the population, even by us car enthusiasts. So, here is a list of 10 superb cars that time has forgotten.
Elio Has Just $4,444 In The Bank, Delays Production Again
Surprise, surprise. The trail of broken promises that is Elio has once again decided to delay production. In a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Elio has stated that production is not expected to begin until the fourth quarter of 2019 . Come on, really, Elio? What kind of nonsense is this? Do you mean to tell us that it takes EIGHT YEARS to put a motorized tricycle into production? I mean, they raised MILLIONS of dollars through crowdfunding and other forms of investment , yet they have accumulated over $145 MILLION  in debt without a single customer car being built.
If a company has received $145 million in loans or financing or whatever, surely it’s possible to produce ONE production car? I mean, Elio began toting around that they would build a $6,800 car with 84 mpg , before realizing that this is quite a big ask. As a result, they effectively developed the Geo Metro-based engine after releasing the specifications, and to date, there is no EPA-approved mpg figure. Oh, and the price has been raised, again, to $7,526 . Furthermore, according to a SEC filing for the six-month period between December 31, 2016, to June 30, 2017, Elio had just $4,444 in the bank. I don’t know whether or not to laugh or cry at that figure. I honestly hope that that was a typo. I’m no accountant or financial analyst, but I think it takes more than four grand to run a car company. Unless Paul Elio was vigorously throwing money off of the Empire State Building, I can’t imagine how funds were mismanaged that horribly to have such little money in the bank. This is absolute madness!
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As I’m sure many of you’ve heard, the U.K. wants to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by the year 2040. According to the British government, the proposed ban is supposed to lower air pollution and save the penguins or something. I’m sorry, but this is total nonsense. The fact of the matter is, switching from diesel and petrol-fueled vehicles will, at best, do nothing. It is true that electric cars are more efficient than petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles, and they produce fewer emissions post-production. But by switching from petrol and diesel cars to electric cars, you are relying more on the nation’s power grid.
The British government hasn’t released full year statistics regarding energy production and consumption since 2015, and as a result, these figures may or may not be totally accurate. These figures were taken from the 2016 press release of U.K. Energy Statistics for 2015 and Q4 2015 . According to this document, the majority of energy produced in the U.K. comes from non-renewable resources. Natural gas seems to be the energy source of choice, accounting for the most electricity generated at 29.5 percent. Renewable energy sources account for 24.7 percent, nuclear for 20.8 percent, coal for 22.6 percent, and oil and other sources for 2.4 percent.
In 2009, engineer Paul Elio set out to build a tiny and affordable three-wheeled car for the masses, in founding Elio Motors. From the beginning, he promised an 84-mpg car for $6,800. Unfortunately, the Elio has become a distant dream as the company racks up debt while not producing a single production car.
Despite Elio’s claims, this three-wheeled thing is not a car. Originally, the U.S. government and many U.S. states classified it as a motorcycle, as most three-wheeled vehicles these days are. However, according to Elio, an Elio driver would not have to take the motorcycle driving and safety test, so long as you don’t live in West Virginia, which requires the examination and for any occupant to wear a motorcycle helmet.
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