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  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
  • Image Credit: Organic Transit
Ever hear of the ELF sun-powered tricycle that offers both pedal power and a solar-powered electric motor? We hadn't either (hat tip to Phillip A.), but it's finally getting a bit of attention from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, CNN and on A&E TV's Shipping Wars, where "Cowgirl Jennifer" Brennan delivered two ELFs to Iowa and Illinois. The photo gallery below shows off ELF details like battery range specs, info on the 60-watt PV solar panel, dual disc brakes and optional fiber carbon panels.

This funky vehicle is a neighborhood electric trike with a 14-mile range and a top speed of 20 miles per hour. You can recharge in an hour and a half through an electric outlet or over seven hours via sunlight. The ELF is built with a polycarbonate shell that has headlights, taillights and turn signals. There's enough cargo space to carry several bags of groceries, and new ELFs come with free roadside assistance. Learn move over on the official website.

Organic Transit, based in Durham, NC, is offering the ELF for a base price of $4,995. Owners can customize the color and other options, and a deposit can hold their place in the production queue for about four-to-five weeks. For those ordering before the end of December, they're sending out a holiday gift card and a complimentary Organic Transit jacket.


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      Jim Stack
      • 1 Year Ago
      My ELF goes about 30 miles on a charge with a little 10 amp hour 48 volt lithium battery that is about 13.5 lbs. I have 2 so I can always get back. You can get a 20 ah, or even 30 ah and go over 100 miles on a charge. I've pedaled 8 miles before just for the Health of it. The 48 v solar panel on the roof recharges it in 1 Sunny Phoenix day and then you can go another 30 miles. It much more efficient than any gas or electric car because it's a bicycle, Velomobile.
      Neil Blanchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ELF is a great alternative for basic transportation: no insurance, no fuel, and you get into better shape. It can carry groceries, or your briefcase, your stuff. You can get an extra battery, and the 60W solar PV can be upgraded to 100W, for more range. Yes, it could be lower drag, but it is built in the US (in two locations - so far) and I think they are pretty darn good. It gets over 1,000MPGe and you can always pedal it. Lights, turn signals, a horn - what more do you need?
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        Eh, when you're doing 20mph, drag isn't too big of a deal. It might even be more aerodynamic than an upright bike, in which the rider and bike combination has a really small frontal area, but an awful CD!
          Neil Blanchard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          20 MPH is a lot of drag. At 30MPH aero drag is *half* of the load of moving the vehicle. I hope that the gen 2 ELF has inboard front wheel fenders and that the sides taper, and that all the trailing edges have crisp corners making a well formed Kamm back. Then the 10Ah battery will go 40-50% farther.
      • 9 Months Ago
      I was very pleased to see an Elf on the west coast (Santa Cruz, CA.) yesterday. This type of efficient vehicle is sorely needed in CA., and especially with the $4./a gallon gas being a happy memory.
      EZEE2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Happy Dan Review: :) light weight :( aero :) cheap :) electric :( performance Three Haopy Dan's Dan appreciates the effort, but this falls well short of what's needed, this proving the Incompetence of mankind. A Green looks on, shaking its head its head sadly. 'These morons reverse engineered the power source from the craft that crashed near Roswell years ago, but still bow to their masters in industry and have not released the technology to the betterment of the speces as of yet. Looks like it is time to power up the probe-U-lator and head to a trailer park to try, once again, to understand these creatures.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EZEE2
        I'm so glad you're here.. :D
        danfred311
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EZEE2
        hehe funny but stupid :) certain critical problems in a design void any chance of getting any happy Dans. This has poor weather capability and even worse is the assumed low structural strength given the tanks it will be driving next to. In isolation it would only be bad but for real world traffic it doesn't qualify. So Dan is not pleased. Not in the slightest. It gets zero happy Dans :) If you want to do an apt parody of me you can just say "It gets zero happy Dans" every time, because that's dreadfully true :) There is not a single damned vehicle on this ET forsaken planet that I approve of and given the stupidity of man it's basically a given that I will not approve of any coming car in the next decade. The formula is simple. Decent looking, low weight, aerodynamic, fast, electric, moderate range, fast charge and a minimum of strength and weight to safely play with the heavy junk on the road. All within a reasonably low price. All of which is trivially possible yet they always find a way to eff it up. It goes without saying that it has to be enclosed with heating
      BraveLil'Toaster
      • 1 Year Ago
      "a 14-mile range and a top speed of 20 miles per hour. You can recharge in an hour and a half through an electric outlet or over seven hours via sunlight." What is this? An advertisement for the complete impracticality of a solar car or something? That hour and a half is also probably on 110v, meaning that the battery is all of 2 kwh. And since it's obviously a fair-weather "car", there's little point in making it anything but a scooter. Complete and utter design fail.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BraveLil'Toaster
        The battery is not 2kwh at all; it's about a third or fourth of that. The charger is just slow. It's a 3 wheeled bicycle with protection from the elements, not a car.
        GoodCheer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BraveLil'Toaster
        It's not a 'fair-weather car', it's an all weather trike with e-assist.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Happy Dan review?
      danfred311
      • 1 Year Ago
      No
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      In principle, I like the idea of a bike which would keep me (relatively) dry and which I would not have to pedal all the time. Fun idea!
      • 7 Months Ago
      All it needs is a good cycle network, the wear and tear on roads today from heavy transport is not sustainable, wait till we have carless days in a few years time, and these will be king of the roads.
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