Set to sell for less than half the price of the least expensive car in America, the 3-wheeled Elio is aiming to shake up the automotive industry. It isn’t electric but uses a small gasoline-powered system. However, due it’s small, light, and aerodynamic design, it’s economical prowess is vast. The Elio features a 1+1, 2-seat design. It utilizes a 70-hp, 1-liter, 3-cylinder front-mounted engine.
Now, compared to engine sizes you’re used to hearing, even in sub compact cars, that still sounds like a pretty small engine perhaps more suited to a lawn mower, or at least a lawn tractor. Once again, due to its physical features it can hit speeds of up to 100 mph, and it can accelerate to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds. And the fuel economy is jaw-dropping. Up to 84 mpg on the highway and up to 49 mpg in the city. With a full tank of gas (only 8 gallons), the Elio can travel up to 672 miles. That’s a road trip from New York to Detroit with no stopping for gas. Here are some other features: Disc brakes with ABS 15-inch wheels 5-speed automatic transmission Heater Defroster Power windows Power door locks 3 airbags Independent suspension 160.5 inches long 110 inch wheelbase Trunk space: 27 x 14 x 10 inches What about big guys? Can they even fit in the Elio? The manufacturer claims it can fit 95 percent of men. They even tested it with 6′ 8″, 325-pound drivers and passengers. The car is scheduled to roll out soon at just $6,800.
Just imagine…you’re stuck in traffic on a summer afternoon with sweat trickling down your face, your hands almost slipping of the steering wheel and the back of your shirt soaking wet. That’s certainly not how you want to get to your desired destination, be it work, a lunch, or in fact anywhere at all. You might have already noticed what’s missing from this situation we just imagined, which is what brings us to our topic of discussion.
However, they’re another important part of your car that keeps your ride smooth and safe, and they need proper maintenance. Wheel bearings are what enable your wheels to spin freely. Since they bear the entire weight of the vehicle, they have to be tough. Wheel bearings can last well over 100,000 miles, but they do wear out and eventually need to be replaced.