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The Elio Automatic Transmission

Discussion in 'Elio Drivetrain' started by Floyd, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. pistonboy

    pistonboy Elio Addict

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    The low power and low torque of the Elio should fit the CVT very well.
     
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    CrimsonEclipse Elio Addict

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    Absolutely!
    I'd like to see it researched.... after a year or two of active production.
     
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  3. pistonboy

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    Long, long ago in a survey far away, EM sent a letter to us asking how much more we would pay for an automatic transmission. I believe they gave three prices and the lowest was approximately $1050. All these prices are very high for a box of servos to sit on top of a manual transmission and control a clutch and shift forks. I believe they were at that time exploring the possibility of using a truly automatic transmission (traditional or CVT) to replace the Automated Manual Transmission (ANT).

    Does anyone remember the prices they quoted? The numbers were not in the email. They were at the EM website to which he had to go in order to vote.
     
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    I was concerned about gas mileage of the AT and asked EM about the automatic transmission and got this reply listed below from EM.
    They confirm in items 2 and 3, that the transmission is a AMT and gave several existing cars with the AMT.

    The best discussion about the AMT I found is at this link.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimode_manual_transmission

    Elio Motors Customer Service (Elio Motors)
    Sep 26, 17:54 EDT
    Thanks for your email Curtis- great thoughts.
    1) Great suggestion, but this does not cover everything we have done to accomplish our objectives. At this time we cannot discuss in depth what has been accomplished in our team. Although many other companies are producing vehicles with the same or higher compression ratios.
    2) Our AMT is based off of the manual transmission and is expected to have the same MPG per the current results. The trend in CAE is currently showing the AMT slightly better due to greater control of the shifting compared to a person shifting.
    3) Yes there are existing cars in the European and Asian areas utilizing the same transmission as Elio. There have been produced for many years and have shown a proven performance for reliability and quality. We believe these are accepted in those regions because of the demand for manual transmissions and the culture being developed with those configurations. Our experience with a vehicle shipped over to the US was positive in the performance displayed during driving the vehicle. The Toyota Aygo, Peugeot and Citroen use the same transmission along with others, in the future. Performance vehicles will be using the same system in the future. The clutch system for the manual and AMT work the exact same with the exception of actuators for shifting.

    Thanks again!

    Best,
    The Elio Team
     
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