Forgive me for writing what may seem like an advertisement…
I’ve just made a deposit to secure the purchase of my next car – a QRP three-wheeler known as the Elio. It is the antithesis of my Chevy Silverado in just about every way and will be an “also” car rather than a replacement for that fine vehicle.
I like not only the specs of the car but also the innovation behind it and the business model that will market it and allow it to be purchased by people who may not otherwise be able to afford a new car.
Here are the relevant specs: 82 mpg and $6800.
Also, power windows, A/C, airbags, etc.
They will be built in Shreveport, LA and can be purchased at the gas pump. That is, by using Elio‘s credit card, fuel purchases will result in a deduction equal to twice the amount paid for the gasoline. This additional amount goes toward paying for the car.
The very same sense of efficiency and “economy of resources” that appeals to many QRPers (including me at times) is what I think attracts me to this car. That, along with a love of gadgets, whether QRP radios or automotive/mechanical.
I’d be willing to bet that the same is true of many QRPers – or hams in general.
Check out their website here. And, no – I don’t work for Elio…