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Elio Motors Brings Popular Car Prototype to Nazareth to Unveil Unique Partnership

Published October 09, 2015

Nazareth College is excited to welcome Elio Motors to campus to announce a special partnership between Nazareth and the popular American start-up automaker. Elio has taken the world by storm, with more than 46,000 people on a list to purchase the three-wheeled car when it goes into production at the end of 2016. This is Rochester’s first look at the Elio prototype car as it arrives on campus along with a visit from Elio’s Vice President Jerome Vassallo.

Nazareth’s partnership with Elio began when Music Department Associate Professor Nancy Strelau reached out to Elio and developed a competition for Nazareth students to produce a musical score that will accompany the Elio car commercial.  A number of Nazareth students entered the competition to have their original piece selected for the Elio ad.  The winners will be chosen Oct. 30.

Elio Motors is based in Arizona and is preparing to manufacture its vehicles in Louisiana​. The first vehicle under development, a three-wheeled model (two wheels in front, one in back) with an 8-gallon fuel tank, has a planned fuel efficiency of 84 mpg and a projected MSRP ​of $6,800.

WHEN:      Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12:30 p.m.

              ***MEDIA OP to see Elio Car driving into position at 12:30p.m.***


12:30-1:10 p.m. - Interviews availability with Elio VP, Nazareth professor and students

1:10-1:40 p.m. - Presentation by Elio & Nazareth about the car and

commercial competition

1:45 - 6 p.m.  Elio car on display in Arts Center Courtyard

(open to public)


WHERE:       Nazareth College Arts Center & Courtyard


For More Information

Julie Long, Nazareth Chief Public Relations Officer: (585) 389-2456;

Elio Motors

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.