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Discussion in 'General Elio Discussion' started by Johnny Acree, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Johnny Acree

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    Manufacturing Matters
    November 30, 2018

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    Happy Friday Elio’ers! Is it just us, or did the Thanksgiving Holiday just fly by? If Turkey Day didn’t whet your holiday appetite, you’re in luck, as the Holiday Season has officially kicked off! It’s truly a wonderful time of year and we hope that you have begun to enjoy the season with friends and family.

    In Today’s Three Wheeling Friday Blog, we’re going to look at a piece of recent news and why it matters. If you’ve been following the news, you already know that General Motors has announced that it will be closing several plants, discontinue several models, and lay off 15% of their salaried employees. While it’s certainly unfortunate news by any measure, it’s a good time to take a look at why American manufacturing is so vital to the nation’s economy and how Elio Motors can play its part in the American manufacturing renaissance.

    First, the scale of the United States’ manufacturing sector is staggering. According to The Balance, “U.S. manufacturing is the largest in the world. It produces 18.2 percent of the world’s goods. That’s more than the entire economic output of Canada, Korea, or Mexico.” In 2018, the manufacturing sector drove 11.6 percent of the United States’ economic output, good for $2.33 trillion. When the manufacturing sector is thriving, other industries also stand to benefit. Again, from The Balance, “Manufacturing adds a lot of value to the power of the U.S. economy. Every dollar spent in manufacturing adds $1.89 in business growth in other supporting sectors, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. These include retailing, transportation, and business services.”

    Somewhat surprisingly, many manufacturing jobs are unfilled. “Yet, 89 percent of manufacturers are leaving jobs unfilled. They can’t find qualified applicants, according to a 2018 Deloitte Institute report. The skills gap could leave 2.4 million vacant between 2018 and 2028. That could cost the industry $454 billion in 2028.”

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    At Elio Motors, we want to be part of the solution. Our goal is to create 1,500 jobs at our plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Eventually, we have the potential to indirectly create more than 20,000 jobs through our retail centers and supplier partners. Creating jobs is one of the main drivers of the Elio project, and we work every single day to create new opportunities for American workers.

    Not only does the recent news impact workers, but it also impacts the American car buyer. As more and more auto manufacturers are turning their attention to SUVs and trucks, there will soon be a void in the commuter vehicle market. We believe that there will always be a need and market for an affordable, safe, and high-mileage vehicle. Our plan is to fill that space in the market that other manufacturers are quickly leaving open.

    We are sincerely appreciative of your support and wish you a fantastic weekend!
     
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    While I definitely support creating US manufacturing jobs, I am not sure the logic in this article tracks. They are saying that we have unfilled manufacturing jobs so they want to be part of the solution by creating more? Uh, what?
     
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    There's not a shortage of manufacturing jobs when it comes to building cars or the parts for them. There is a shortage for high tech and more skilled manufacturing jobs though. I see it all of the time. So, Elio is using two different metrics and trying to make it look like they are doing their part. At this point, might as well do what you got to do to sell those coins.
     
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    " there will soon be a void in the commuter vehicle market." Seriously, ya think so? I'll bet there won't be a void very long, the Asians will jump right in and fill it, sending more manufacturing overseas.
     
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    Yep. They don't seem to have any problem with funding.
     
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    All it will do is just help what they already sell here. This is great news for them because Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai have excess manufacturing right now to fill the void for the Cruze, Sonic, Volt, Fiesta and Focus. There wasn't a problem when FCA stopped the Dart and actually you'd think that the Fiat would do better but their sales are in the toilet. The Versa is the cheapest car you can get right now and it peaked in 2015 and their sales will probably be half of what they were then, for 2018.

    Right now, the sales for small commuter cheap cars are not doing well at all. Almost every company is watching the numbers be almost half of what they were in 2014-2015.
     
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    What void would that be? The one that got so small that Ford and GM pulled out of that segment of the market? It's not like Ford and GM thought "Holy crap, we are selling so many small vehicles! We should pull out of that market!"
     
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    It’s That Time of Year
    December 7, 2018

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    Happy Friday Elio’ers! If you have a calendar in your house or have recently visited a department store or mall, you know that we have officially entered the Holiday Season. As this time of year means that families and friends from all corners of the globe will come together to celebrate, millions of Americans will be traveling in the next month. This brings to mind some of the most frequent questions we receive about the Elio, namely how it will handle adverse driving conditions. Today’s Friday Blog will review several difficult driving conditions and how the Elio will respond.

    Snow

    As the Elio is a three-wheeled vehicle, there are many questions about its ability to drive in the snow. Can the Elio drive in the snow? Simply put, yes. The engine of the Elio is in the front, which places most of the weight over the front tires, giving us fantastic traction action. Not only that, but the Elio is front wheel drive, has a low center of gravity, ABS brakes, and traction and stability control, all standard. The Elio will handle reasonable amounts of snow just like most sedans on the road today.

    Don’t believe us? Check out the video below of one of our prototypes in action.


    Will the Elio replace a Hummer or dog sled? Probably not…Will the Elio turn more heads than a Hummer or dog sled? Probably…

    Gravel Roads

    Based on our recent blog that took a look at where the reservation holders live, the vast majority of future Elio owners are city slickers, but there is a strong contingent that chooses the path less traveled. This group of supporters wants to know if the Elio can withstand the grind of gravel and dirt roads. With an independent front suspension and shock coils, the Elio will not only plow through gravel roads, it will revel in the opportunity.

    Potholes

    Speaking of city slickers, we have received quite a few questions about how the Elio will handle pothole-ridden roads. First of all, we have engineers from Detroit, so we understand the regular and constant threat that potholes can pose. Unless you’re rocking a Sherman or a Pershing, your vehicle is going to encounter potholes at some point. Just like the vehicle you drive now, the Elio will handle potholes as you learn to navigate around them. The current design of the Elio does not involve levitation, so avoiding potholes will require the same tactics you utilize in your four-wheeler.

    Thanks for your support and have a festive weekend!
     
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    Know news is good news now?
     
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