By Chris Sweeney, Crain News Service
FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 23, 2013) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s recent decision to supply Elio Motors Inc. will make a good fit for the start-up auto maker, according to its CEO.
Cooper signed a letter of intent to supply OE tires to Elio's futuristic-looking three-wheeled, two-passenger vehicle.
The Elio is expected to compete in the ultra-high mileage category beginning by year-end 2014.
The car weighs about 1,200 pounds and runs on a three-cylinder, 55-horsepower, fuel-injected engine.
It's expected to retail for about $6,800, and Elio Motors said it plans to manufacture the vehicle in Shreveport, La., using parts made primarily in North America.
The company will create a total of 3,000 jobs — 1,500 of them in Shreveport, according to Paul Elio, founder and CEO of Elio Motors.