Elio, the three-wheel vehicle to be built in Shreveport that is federally classified as an enclosed motorcycle, is close to adding Michigan to the list of states exempting the vehicle from the use of helmets.
Michigan Senate Bill 390 was recently passed, and is expected to pass through the House unanimously, Elio Motors said, following recent exemptions in Louisiana and New York that bring the tally to 45 states.
The five states that technically require helmets to be worn while driving the Elio are Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, West Virginia and Nebraska.
“We are actively working with the five helmet states’ legislators to work through any issues they may have,” Elio Motors’ Vice President of Government Affairs Joel Sheltrown. “Given our success in the other 45 states, we are optimistic about solving any issues we may face.” Sheltrown said Missouri has already identified bill sponsors and drafted legislation to exempt the Elio from their helmet laws.
Elio Motors says its three-wheel, $6,800 vehicle gets 84 mpg on the highway and 49 mpg in the city, and has an anticipated 5-star safety rating.