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Elio Motors taps Linamar to manufacture the Elio engine


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The engine is expected to achieve up to 84 mpg, yet still reach speeds of more than 100 mph.

Elio Motors is launching a three-wheeled vehicle that will get up to 84 mpg with a targeted base price of $6,800. The automaker has partnered with Linamar Corp in order to help produce the vehicle line.

Elio Motors engineLinamar will manufacture the Elio motors for Elio, and partner with the company for engines for global use in the automotive, marine and industrial sectors outside of the U.S.

Elio Motors designed the powerful, highly fuel-efficient 0.9-liter, 3-cylinder engine with the help of IAV. The engine is expected to achieve up to 84 mpg, yet still reach speeds of more than 100 mph.

Linamar also will be a component and sub-system supplier for Elio Motors’ other driveline and chassis systems in North America. They will collaborate with Elio to create engine manufacturing capabilities at the automaker’s assembly plant in Louisiana to support the high-volume production of the Elio engine.

Elio Motors

Founder and CEO Paul Elio with the P5.

“We are excited about partnering with Elio on this important engine project, ” said Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar.  “Not only does this give us great penetration into ultra-high mileage vehicles, it also gives us a chance to sell this highly efficient engine to a variety of markets and customers.”

“Elio Motors is the first startup vehicle manufacturer to develop its own internal combustion engine in the automotive industry in more than 60 years,” said Gino Raffin, Vice President of Manufacturing of Elio Motors. “We’re looking forward to working with  Linamar to  manufacture the engine  in our Shreveport facility as we move it toward commercial production.”


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