I was told last year that complete funding had been offered but refused by Paul Elio because the investor wanted too much control over the company. The following post, in my mind, confirms it. http://www.elioowners.com/threads/elio-in-greenbelt-md-may-18-2015.6074/ Page 1, post #8, item #4. I do not believe the real problem is funding as we have been lead to believe, but rather the problem is control. Apparently funding is available if investors are allowed to share control in the company as is customary and reasonable. What is not available, is funding from investors who will let Paul Elio have complete control over the company. How many times has funding been turned down by Paul Elio because he must have complete control? We would probably be having our vehicles on time if he did not insist on complete control. It is completely reasonable and customary for investors of millions of dollars to expect a share of control in the company they are funding. What is unreasonable is for Paul Elio to expect them to give him funding without giving them part of the control. Perhaps he is afraid they would overrule him and not permit the elgin gauges. They would have that power and I am sure they would exercise it. Paul Elio does not have much money to personally invest. He has said he was desperate a few years ago and applied at Starbucks and eventually worked as a roofer. Since that time, he has worked as a CEO of a startup company that has only borrowed money and produced no profits. I am sure his salary as CEO is not large. Again, Paul Elio does not have much money to personally invest. I suspect the investors attitude is something similar to ‘You want to completely control the millions of dollars we put at risk while you put only a few thousand dollars at risk?’ If the company went under, the investors would lose millions of dollars. What would Paul Elio lose? I have always wondered why investors are not flocking to fund such a great idea. Now, I believe I know why. NDAs (nondisclosure agreements) are great for not letting the public know what is happening in funding discussions. I suspect Paul Elio insists on them. I am sure he does not want reservationist to know the reason they are not getting their vehicles is because he will not share power. How does someone get the money for a company and maintain complete control? Government loans might be a way. The government loans the money but does not step in to tell the company how to run its day to day business. Crowd funding is another way. Crowd funding will consist of many small investors who probably are not investment savvy and for the most part will follow Paul Elio and let him make the decision. Paul Elio is a smart engineer. He is a smart business manager. Now it looks like he is a smart finance officer. He may be able to pull this off. But then again, maybe not. The Elio vehicle is a great idea. The Elio vehicle may rank with the Ford model T and the Volkswagen Bug. Europe’s approach to the economy problem is the Smart car. With great pride, I will point to the Elio vehicle as my country’s solution. However, I am not interested in making Paul Elio a mega millionaire nor one of industries’ movers and shakers. History remembers kindly the people who are creative, but less so the more wealthy or powerful they become. However, right now, I simply want my vehicle. I do not like it being put into jeopardy because Paul Elio has a control issue.