Your next vehicle might just be more environmentally friendly than the methane expulsions of a cow’s rear exhaust.
Elio Motors has developed an eco-friendly three-wheeled vehicle— set to launch in 2015— and is having a little fun on Earth Day by touting that the car’s emissions are less polluting than cow flatulence.
More serious advantages of the Elio vehicle include a less expensive price tag of $6800 and its fuel efficiency.
Featuring two wheels in the front and one in the rear, the futuristic styling of the Elio’s exterior lends to its aerodynamics and allows the car to achieve a gas mileage rating of 84 mpg.
Other features include power windows and door locks, multiple air bags, air conditioning, and an anticipated 5 star safety rating.
Elio Motors developed the car with the requirements that it be affordable, fuel-efficient, safe, and made in America with 90% of components from North America.
According to the company, if the car is driven 15,000 miles a year, the driver will benefit from $1500 in fuel savings.
The company’s findings also show that over a period of ten years, drivers would save 4.7 billion gallons of fuel per year and CO2 emissions would be reduced by 91 billion pounds.
As for the vehicle being more eco-friendly than a cow’s rear emissions, here are the stats provided in a statement by the company:
- One cow produces 242 lbs of methane a year through burps and flatulence. Methane traps 20 times more heat than CO2 over a 100-year period. (SOURCE: Get Green Living) In a year, the average cow will emit 4,840 lbs of CO2 equivalent greenhouses gases.
- Elio Motors vehicle, driven 20,000 miles, will emit only 4,500 lbs of CO2. So… the Elio is more environmentally friendly than cow farts.
Elio Motors CEO, Paul Elio, said, “I’ll admit, it’s not the most conventional measure for environmental efficiency.”
He continued, “But, when you realize that we are more environmentally friendly than something found in nature every day, we are clearly on the right path. The internal combustion engine is going to be part of the transportation industry for many years into the future. The key will be for companies such as Elio Motors to come up with revolutionary vehicle designs to use existing technology in a more Earth-friendly way.”
The Elio will be manufactured in Shreveport, Louisiana with the first cars coming off the assembly line in 2015.
In the meantime, the company is going on tour across the country with an opportunity to see the Elio and ask questions in person at various events scheduled throughout the year.
Elio Motors is currently accepting reservations for the new vehicle and over 15,000 people have already signed up to reserve an Elio, according to the Elio website.
More information about Elio fuel-efficient cars and a list of Elio tour events can be found at ElioMotors.com or facebook.com/ElioMotors.