I think an in-hub motor would give more room for an range extender or more batteries. or have the back wheel powered which would give more room up front for batteries or a range extender?I you look at the bottom of the Elio Motors website they say all the pictures are of the gas powered prototype. To the best of my knowledge they do not have anything done physically yet on the EV version. They said they had Roush look at it and they determined a good bit of the engineering for the Elio could be re-used. Obviously the drive train is the biggest change. I hope they consider an in-the-wheel type motor and leave the current engine space for an additional range battery option. 150 miles won't cut it.
I wonder if they could build both? the gas powered one seems cheaper than the electric one. I would rather have the gas powered one.
I wonder if one could install a small hydrogen fuel cell in the front powering the in-hub motors? (I am on a hydrogen fuel cell 'kick' - read about its development and how they are improving both the fuel cell devices and hydrogen production).
Perhaps just a drawing of an electric version? no grill since it is electric?