Because gas is expensive and electric cars aren't quite there yet, a Louisiana factory's getting ready to send the 84 mpg Elio P4 onto the streets, where it'll be very good at standing out from the crowd.
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From the front it looks almost like a modern, sporty, closed-cockpit Caterham, but one glance to the back and it's clearly a seriously economical three-wheeler designed to be something in between a car and a motorcycle; in fact, legally speaking, which one it is depends on what state you're in and how they define it.
Regardless of its legal status, it's actually got a pretty cool interior that's only wide enough to fit one person. Your passenger sits behind you, and they claim it'll fit someone up to six foot eight and 300 pounds, which is NFL lineman territory. There's no word yet on the maximum clown capacity, though it should be at least a half dozen.
It's only got 55 hp, but this thing's so light that it doesn't really matter, and it can go over 670 miles without refueling — which means you can go from New York to Detroit, or alternatively Fort Sumter, South Carolina, (thanks Google Maps!) in one go.