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The ELF: A Half-Bike, Half-Car Solar and Pedal-Powered Urban Vehicle by Organic Transit

by , 12/10/12

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If you have ever wished that your bicycle had a little more cargo space, but you didn’t want to give up all of the benefits that come with it, the ELF may just be the answer. Part bicycle and part car, the ELF is a three-wheeled solar-electric-assist velomobile created by Organic Transit. The vehicle works great for commuting, errands and deliveries and just cruising around town.

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The ELF allows you to move around the city without the cost or emissions of a gas-powered vehicle while still providing you with protection from the elements. The ELF is powered by your own energy via floor pedals, but when you need a little extra boost up a hill or for a break, the electric motor can be engaged to move the vehicle. The ELF is designed to carry a rider and cargo inside the shell, and is equipped with road vehicle necessities like turn signals, lights and mirrors, all while being small enough to fit in the average bike lane.

The lithium battery pack charges through a standard outlet or through solar panels on the rooftop of the vehicle. The ELF has a 30-mile range when powered solely by the electric motor and it is classified as a bicycle in all 50 states, so you can take it anywhere a bike can go. The ELF has reached over $86,000 on Kickstarter, just short of the $100,000 goal.

+ Kickstarter

via Clean Technica

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13 Comments

  1. hall4516 September 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Where can I purchase an Elf? How much are they?
    Chuck Hall

  2. Eric Long May 31, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I was in DC this afternoon and thoght you might be interested in this photo of an ELF. I thought it interesting when I saw what else what in the photo. Well, I guess I can’t leave a photo, but will leave a photo on your facebook page if I can do that. I am not a facebook person.

    Eric Long

  3. Robert Tardif May 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Can the ELF be purchased? Near Sacramento CA? The cost? bobtardif@yahoo.com

  4. tom swinburn February 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

    With this as primary urban transport and trains as the method to move people between urban areas, health would improve, fuel use would shrink drastically, the air get cleaner, loss of life in transport accidents shrink by huge margins, and this COULD be used most of the year in most places. Will we ever do it? No.

  5. Pat Gillespie December 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    We really like the idea and design of the Elf. Will it be available to the average retailer.

  6. Marilyn Genuardi September 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    When will they be available. How much do they cost and where can I get one???

  7. richard02180514 September 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Want to buy elf, how many orders ahead of me and can you give an estimated delivery date, thanks, Mark Craig

  8. Tom Hawes Jr. August 28, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I like many things about the ELF . The fact that it is solar paneled , as well as being recharged through an outlet . One of the main drawbacks Being it has no windows or doors . Is there something being done to address this ?

  9. Denise Matzavinos July 23, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I like the Elf.

  10. Janie Reeves February 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Just saw this on HLN news – Must have one – LOVE IT!!

  11. Toni Chanakas January 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I absolutely love this vehicle. As a bike enthusiast, I hope, when this becomes available, will be my next transportation thing instead of my gas guzzling car. Thanks for your creativity in helping our environment.

  12. ranjmufty December 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I want to have one, where to buy and how much is the price please?

  13. Mariuza Sternaimolo December 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I JUST LOVE IT !!!!!!!!

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