Startup company Elio Motors has purchased a former General Motors plant in Baton Rouge, La. The company plans to build a two-seat, three-wheeled vehicle that will average 65 mpg and sell for $6,800. Production is expected to begin in 2014. Elio Motors is taking reservations for the egg-shaped vehicle, also called the Elio (shown), which will have power windows, air bags and air conditioning.
— The Associated Press
General Electric Co.'s commitment two years ago to buy 25,000 electric autos by 2015 — such as the Chevrolet Volt (shown) — is taking a detour. The obstacle: Customers of GE's corporate fleet-services unit wanted more options. So GE has included natural-gas-powered pickups and propane-fueled vehicles among the fleet options.
— NWautos Staff