Elio wins motorcycle license exemption in Michigan

Publish Date: 
Nov 12, 2013

DETROIT, Mich. - Startup transportation company Elio Motors has won unanimous passage of Senate Bill 390, removing the technical requirement for motorcycle license endorsements for autocycles in Michigan. 

The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Moolenaar (R-Midland) means that only a regular driver’s license will be needed to drive the enclosed three-wheel motorcycle with car-style controls.

"In all states where we have asked for legislation to be considered, it has passed unanimously. There has been no opposition in committee testimony either. In the times we live in, that kind of bipartisan support is encouraging," said Joel Sheltrown, vice president of governmental affairs at Elio.

Elio Motors plans to introduce the $6,800, three-wheel, 84 mpg vehicle in the fourth quarter of next year. Michigan follows California, Texas and other states exempting the trike from motorcycle license endorsements. Elio is also seeking exemptions from helmet laws in some states.

Posted by Holly Wagner