Gov. DeWine discusses vehicle with potential to be built in Lordstown


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was in Columbus on Thursday checking out a new vehicle he said has the potential to be built in Lordstown.

The car is made by Phoenix-based company Elio Motors. It’s a fuel-efficient, low-cost vehicle that Elio officials are looking to build in Ohio.

An Elio vehicle is technically a motorcycle because it has three wheels. It gets 84 miles per gallon on the highway and around 40 miles in the city. It’s designed with the same five-star crash safety standards cars have, including seat belt restraints and airbags.

The governor was asked if the car could be made in Lordstown.

“We’re certainly looking for someone to go into Lordstown. Our goal has been to get General Motors to put another line in there. If that does not happen, we certainly want to get another plant in here. Excuse me, I said that wrong, we certainly want to get another car company in there if we cannot, if General Motors is not willing to do this,” DeWine said.

The vehicle seats two in tandem, one behind the other, and you can reserve one today. The base price is $7,450.

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