Elio Motors Continues to Win Key Legislative Victories

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Arizona SB 1201 Passes both House and Senate

The Arizona Senate and House of Representatives last week both passed SB 1201, removing the motorcycle license requirement for enclosed, three-wheeled vehicles, also known as autocycles. The bill now moves to the Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for approval.

The Arizona legislation, which was guided through the legislative process by Senator Judy Burges, is another important step for Elio Motors, the start-up transportation company that will begin production of an enclosed, three-wheeled vehicle in 2015. It will sell for $6,800 and get 84 miles per gallon.

“Senator Burges and the legislature just removed an unnecessary, bureaucratic hoop and we are very grateful for her support," said Elio Motors CEO Paul Elio. “This legislation will benefit the many Arizona citizens who have already reserved one of our highly fuel efficient vehicles, and thousands more people who will become customers in the future.”

Sen. Burges believes that Elio, a Phoenix based entrepreneur, is helping carve a much needed niche in
the transportation industry.

“Every so often a new, innovative product finds its way to the market place - that would be the Elio,” Burges said. “It was hard to believe that this sleek little creation could go up to 100 miles per hour and get more than 80 miles per gallon of gasoline. All I could say is WOW! Price, comfort, and style all in one unique package.”

In addition to the Arizona legislation, Elio Motors continues to make huge strides in eliminating helmet and motorcycle endorsement requirements for enclosed, three-wheeled vehicles across the country.
In March, Virginia also provided an exemption from motorcycle license laws for enclosed, three-wheeled vehicles, as well.

Elio Motors has two bills in process in Missouri, one of the few remaining “helmet” states. Earlier this month, Elio Motors Vice President of Government Affairs Joel Sheltrown testified before the Missouri Senate Transportation Committee on SB 503 sponsored by Senator Rob Schaaf. Since no opposition was voiced, the bill is expected to move forward in the legislative process.

In Nebraska, Senator Annette Dubas has introduced resolution LR 523 calling for an interim study this year to recommend removal of helmet and motorcycle endorsement requirements for autocycles. In Colorado, Representative Max Tyler, Chairman of the Colorado House of Representatives Transportation Committee has introduced HB 1367 which will remove the helmet requirements existing for those under 18, and also removing the motorcycle endorsement requirements. The bill has its first hearing on April 24.

About Elio Motors:
Founded by car enthusiast Paul Elio in 2008, Elio Motors Inc. represents a revolutionary approach to manufacturing an ultra-high-mileage vehicle. The 3-wheeled Elio will attain a highway mileage rating of 84 mpg while providing the comfort of amenities such as power windows, power door lock and air conditioning, accompanied by the safety of multiple air bags and an aerodynamic, enclosed vehicle body. Elio’s first manufacturing site will be in Shreveport, La., with plans for the first production vehicle to roll off the assembly line in 2015 and significant production, sales and distribution during the next two years. For more information, visit http://www.eliomotors.com or http://www.facebook.com/ElioMotors.About Elio Motors

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