I disagree that in order to succeed the Elio has to be EV, but we can both agree that without funding there will belio no Elio. Now it would probably be easier for Elio to get funding as an EV... I definitely think there is still a market for super cheap gas powered basic transport. Especially at 49 - 84 MPG. Unless the IAV motor is really goofy, then any mechanic should be able to work on it, you do not need to plug it in every night, it is familiar technology and no range anxiety. Simple, cheap, and hopefully reliable. Do not get me wrong, I do think EVs are the future. I am invested in Sondors too and tried to get my wife to go for a Tesla (she went with a gas powered Jaguar instead). But the low price point for Elio is the killer feature, along with being unique. If Elio does roll out a cheap EV model with decent range and good performance, I would opt for it over gas. But if I had to choose a path to most sales for Elio, it would be gas due to the versatility and being what people are used to. Even better if they used a gas motor from a known manufacturer, but oh well... And while people here have said the design is outdated, I really think when we see them on the road people will flip out.