Elio Motors Works with Mississippi to Legally Define “Autocycle” and Provide Helmet, Motorcycle License Exemptions for Enclosed 3-Wheeler

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Mississippi State Rep. Massengill and Sen. Parker work with Elio Motors on Autocycle Legislation

Elio Motors CEO Paul Elio poses next to vehicle

The Elio Team continues to experience great success in removing legislative hurdles. We are very grateful to Representative Massengill and Senator Parker as primary sponsors of this legislative change in Mississippi State.

Mississippi State Rep. Steve Massengill and Senator David Parker have drafted and proposed legislation that would add the term “autocycle” and provide Elio Motors vehicle owners in the state an exemption for helmets and motorcycle licenses.

Elio Motors is launching an enclosed, three-wheeled vehicle in 2015 that will sell for $6,800 and get up to 84 MPG. Currently, any vehicle with three wheels is classified by the Federal Government as a motorcycle. Elio Motors is working with state legislatures around the country to waive helmet and motorcycle requirements for three-wheeled vehicles.

“Last year, we moved legislation out of the House overwhelmingly. However, there wasn’t enough time left to move the legislation through the Senate,” said Representative Massengill. “This year, I have high expectations we will succeed.”

Senator Parker has drafted the same legislation to move through the senate. “Removing obstacles to this innovative new vehicle will be a big help to citizens of Mississippi,” Senator Parker said. “It is always necessary to adjust laws to keep pace with new developments.”

Mississippi is one of only five states that technically require helmets over the age of 21, while operating enclosed motorcycles. Nebraska, Missouri, North Carolina and West Virginia also have legislation ready to introduce this coming session to eliminate helmet requirements as well, according to Sheltrown. In addition, Joel Sheltrown, vice president of Governmental Affairs for Elio Motors, says the company has legislation drafted and sponsors ready for January introduction in New Mexico, Idaho, New York, Ohio and Arizona. The legislation deals with age specific helmet or motorcycle license requirements. “We are in various stages of the process in other states that might have issues and I expect they too will quickly be resolved.”

Paul Elio, CEO of Elio Motors, added, “The Elio Team continues to experience great success in removing legislative hurdles. We are very grateful to Representative Massengill and Senator Parker as primary sponsors of this legislative change in Mississippi State.”

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 up to 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.

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