CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The company that plans to build a 3-wheel car opened its doors to a virtual tour of its Shreveport facility and opened the door for questions from future investors.
The facility has yet to open because of many delays. It was originally slated to start production in 2014. The production date has now been pushed back to 2017.
Now, because of newly-released video, some Elio supporters think they are closer to getting started.
Ken Epperson is the Caddo Parish Commissioner for the district where the plant is. He says he did his part as an elected official to help Elio.
"By making funds available. By putting them into a position where administrators could work out a deal," said Commissioner Epperson. "I'm just sitting back and waiting on it to happen."
There are some people, like former Mayor Cedric Glover, who are skeptic of the new video.
In a statement Glover said, "Not sure how that is real news. A more helpful video would be one that details why after more than three years worth of promises and delays, this project is still not sufficiently capitalized to move forward."
Glover's full statement reads:
District 3 Caddo Parish Commissioner Steven Jackson was also skeptic of the video.
Elio Motors CEO Paul Elio hosted a virtual conference for potential investors. KSLA News 12's Eric Pointer was logged in to try and get some answers to questions like how many jobs it will bring and when those jobs will come.
Many of those questions went unanswered. One of the only answers we did get, was that the production start date is expected to move back again to next year.
"We used to give a month and a year and now we're just giving a year because as we get closer and try to refine it, the date may move slightly," said Paul Elio. "But we are definitely targeting 2017."
Commissioner Epperson went on to say this isn't the first time they've seen delays like these. He says when G-M announced they were coming, it took about 9 years before they opened.