I once posted that the ATVM loan people had been ideologically captured by an anti-government-loan majority, and posted such. In 2016, June, Elio Motors posted that the ATVM people had given over a new requirement for the loan: 66,000 confirmed purchase orders. That would be cash in advance for 66,000 vehicles they couldn't make because they'd no loan. That wasn't a requirement: that was an assassination in broad daylight on the stairs of the Roman Senate. As I typed my earlier message today about the heroic efforts to get this thing going, I had one further thought about the motivations of the ATVM loan people. They were ideological perhaps in a different way. They didn't like the simplicity and the gasoline-powered aspect of the Elio. Hear me out. I've been in tech in my own way for a very long time, listening to a lot of people talk and write about cars. They are, almost to an individual, convinced the second coming is about self-driving and otherwise networked and computerized cars. It's a religious belief now that self-driving cars are happening any second. The ATVM people in their very name are about future tech. They would not be the types to believe in a future of cheap, efficient, and small gas cars. They see $35K electric robots that perhaps you could auto-uber out when you aren't driving the car. Elio wasn't that. I'm sadder than sad. I wanted a non-robot car that I could repair. Even electrified, the Elio would have represented, for me, freedom from the surveillance car culture we're having rammed down our pieholes. Unless the Elio core group has some wonderful benefactor that could give me my prize, I thnk we've been tech-headed out of a car for the masses of the non-rich. They believe the future is with robot cars, and we're not invited without one. It's been wonderful. I hope a miracle pops forth. And have mercy on Paul Elio. He worked his ass off and may have lost all. Thank you, Mr. Elio. Baring magic powers, there is nothing else you could have done.