We need to hear official Elio announcement like this (note, these are not official Elio announcements):
1. We have conducted an EPA test cycle and found that we get 49 city and 84 highway.
2. Crash testing has proven we are on our way to a 5 star rating.
3. Shreveport Factory updates.
4. 1st phase of 200K mile testing concluded at IAV.
5. Elio showroom locations picked and construction to commence this month.
These announcements show progress and that you are getting closer toward your goal. Even if you are going to start production in 2018, what matters today is a progress report with some meat in it. Having a pic at the NAIAS with people around the Elio display is not going to cut it. For anyone looking from the outside and not having exclusive knowledge of Elio, it looks like they are just sitting around, waiting and doing nothing.
Even when Elio gets to the point of production, the stock market will not be kind. They will want to know what the deliveries are. If you start making the product but 80% are stuck in rework, that's not good. Just look at VW. They started the production of the Atlas on December 16, 2016 in Chattanooga. As of today, you can't buy one. They are having all sorts of problems and can't release it to the general public. Thus (with all of the other problems that VW has) they were hoping for a bright spot and it is not working out. In the end, an established company that has been in production for a month and no deliveries. You can burn through a ton of cash by starting production and not getting cash flow due to deliveries.
In the end, everyone has to celebrate the accomplishments and understand the disappointments. It's a rocky road ahead.
Four of your five suggestions do nothing but show your ignorance.
1. EPA tests have to be done on production vehicle.
2. Crash testing. Requirements for five star have had major changes.
3. Maybe ...........
4. What 200K mile testing?
5. Show rooms: They could be end caps at a strip mall.
Pleasedo some home work.