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Beyond Belief: Elio: The Anti-Car with Paul Elio (July 2015)

Season 4, Episode 39
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With the continuing rise of oil prices and carbon-based pollution choking our air, we are increasingly in need of a solution. Major automotive manufacturers and energy producers have absolutely no motivation to resolve these problems. Paul Elio defies this lack of ecological and economic innovation held by these cartels with the development of the anti-car, the Elio – a groundbreaking approach to solving the economic and ecological problems of our carbon-fuel-based culture in this interview with George Noory originally webcast July 29, 2015.

A few short years ago, automotive enthusiast Paul Elio sized up the prevailing status quo of personal transportation. He saw the soaring costs of the vehicles we drive and fuel prices spike to record highs. He also saw Americans struggling with an economy that was taking too much and giving back too little. That is when he decided that the world was ready for something radically new: A three-wheeled masterpiece of automotive brilliance that bears his name.

George Noory
Paul Elio


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LeftField, posted on April 2, 2016

Mr Elio, Great idea, innovative disruption model, love the schtick. But go electric - Mother Earth is being fracked like a crushed walnut shell for some gas supplies and our dying, acidic, oil polluted oceans and raped landscapes can't sustain non-renewable fuel sources. Batteries use mined components but much less of them over the long term and can be recycled and repurposed. Buisnesses tend to think of 'buisness' sustainability models - but in century 21 we need to think more about a century 22 for our kids rather than exploiting all we can while the legislation allows it. So last century, so dangerous and plainly irresponsible. And forget dead animal skins to sit on - Elio, although beautifully designed, modern and sleek, is a budget Eco market vehicle - increase innovation with interior fabrics and materials, where possible, that don't out-gas toxic fumes into the cabin interior (poor indoor air quality is one of the biggest drivers of disease and disability - especially considering the planet is getting warmer and heat is a catalyst. In an enclosed vehicle the damage is exponential). That's another marketing point of difference you could exploit (eg, certified organic/fair trade cotton, canvass or hemp fibre).

In case you actually se any of these posts, DID YOU KNOW our car industry is almost finished in Australia? In 2017 our last Holden factory in South Australa is shutting shop. You may be able to get anther fully stocked purpose built factory for home grown production here in Australia at a bargain basement price? If you were to contact the Australian Labor Party right now, since we have a Federal election coming up in a few months (June/July 2016) and they are wanting 'innovation' tickets to spruik - they are also desperate to retain a car industry here (to retain skilled workers and infrastructure as well as parts suppliers that employ thousands and support hundreds of smll businesses) -as well as adding to their chances of election victory you would get an ear at the mo and very likely, investment incentives. I would contact present Shadow Minister for Higher Ed., Research, Innovation and Industry (he is also Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader for Science), Kim Carr and the Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Brendon O'Connor and the Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, Penny Wong. Since the Elio is centre drive you don't even need to redesign a right hand drive - Americans drive on the right side of the road but we drive on the correct side.. A lot of Australians are waiting for all-wheel-drive SUV electrics since we travel distance and variable terrain. I think if you were to apply your innovative business model to a spec that people won't want to live without everyone would win. There was also an Israeli company some years ago that was supposedly moving into our market with a disruption that included battery exchanges at service stations (so you didn't have to wait for a recharge). If the recharge were solar powered even better. I guess big oil killed off their fruition... End point is, we don't need anymore half measures - food and water are our priorities now and the generation coming through school and university now are looking for ethical, sustainable solutions rather than models that are 'business as usual' regardless of minor ecologically minded innovation 'tweeks' - it's not just about saving a buck anymore, rather, the planet. Wishing you success!

Seven Of Pie, posted on August 24, 2015

This is awesome, I could buy one of these outright with my tax-return and have an awesome vehicle for day to day driving.

prahaai, posted on August 22, 2015

Amazing concept! I hope you grow and influence the other brands as well. I want you to come in Europe too.
And the car should be electric !

mikemarsicano, posted on August 1, 2015

great price nice simple solution. im seriously considering this as a buy

mstreitenberger, posted on July 31, 2015

No thanks. The banks and the gas industry will still make money. Electric cars can have a money back system as well to pay off the price tag without involving the banking cartel.

jbrand1997, posted on July 30, 2015

I will be in the market for a new car next year. I will definitely consider one of these.

pushkar.baral, posted on July 29, 2015

When are you introducing this to the Australian market? Its great..small, easy to learn to drive, cheap.

abby6, posted on July 29, 2015

I want a blue one.

Awolikesguitars, posted on July 29, 2015

I think this is a great business model, and finished concept. However, even though it would be "more expensive," he could offer an electric model as well and help push the automotive industry out of it's gas dependent state. Perhaps not on the same leasing model, but still I think it would create even more of an impact. As we don't need more cars on the road, especially the ones that require gas.

echome56, posted on July 29, 2015

I want one! Looks amazing!

sepe, posted on July 29, 2015

Great business model! Would love to see more companies with this kind of passion, integrity, and ingenuity. Looking forward to seeing the elio on the road!

dragonwchimes, posted on July 29, 2015

What an amazing concept, already 40,000 cars reserved for delivery in early 2016. This is a much more affordable car for those of us that don't have the $$ to buy an expensive electric or normal gas car. Making vehicles more affordable for all, thank-you Mr. Elio!

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