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15ELF is a sun-powered, egg-shaped trike

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

27ZENN to acquire 51% of EEStor

Zenn Motor Co. may have a name better associated with a sense of peace, but the company it has been connected to for years and has now agreed to buy does have a bit of uncertainty about it. Canada-based Zenn, which used to make and sell lead-acid battery-powered neighborhood-electric vehicles, has reached an agreement to buy a majority stake in energy-storage company and distribution partner EEStor.

10Innova Dash NEV offers 90 miles of 35-mph cruising for $13,000

The latest in the charging-range-per-dollar market offering? Try $3,000 for about 45 miles. Sadly, it's the second 45 miles.

5OK court rules neighborhood electric vehicle buyers can get $5,000 rebates

One more reason to start blaring "Boomer Sooner.

26Renault could sell low-speed Twizy; Nissan considering Leaf battery leases

If anyone wondered what right-hand-drive donuts in a really light electric-vehicle looked like, we all may soon find out.

15Will GreenTech vehicles go to Europe?

Founded in 2009 by former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, GreenTech Automotive is currently prepping its first neighborhood electric vehicle, the MyCar, for launch in the U.S. and distribution throughout Europe.

45Electric cab company hit with hundreds of tickets in Austin [w/video]

A recent arrest has re-ignited a three-year battle between Electric Cab of Austin, TX and the City's Transportation Department, proving again that the legal status of low-speed electric vehicles is a gray area in a lot of places in the U.S.

9Get off the phone: Cause of fatal G-Wiz crash revealed

Though exempt from formal crash test standards in most countries, vehicles like the electric, Indian-built Reva – sold in England as the G-Wiz – have occasionally been subjected to informal tests, and the results have raised eyebrows. Years ago, Top Gear subjected a G-Wiz to EuroNCAP crash tests to see how it would hold up. The vehicle struck a barrier at 40 miles per hour and, well, let's just say the G-Wiz nearly vanished.

5Polaris to close GEM factory in Fargo, will shift production to Minnesota, Iowa

In late April, Polaris Industries announced that it would soon acquire full ownership rights to low-speed electric vehicle manufacturer Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) from Chrysler.

3Pike sees only 695,000 NEVs on the streets by 2017

The total number of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) on roads throughout the world will increase slowly but steadily from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, according to a study conducted by Pike Research. During that time period, annual NEV sales will shoot up from 37,000 vehicles to nearly 55,000, with North America accounting for a whopping 45 percent of annual sales. Pike notes that:

6Polaris buying low-speed electric car maker GEM from Chrysler

Polaris Industries will acquire low-speed electric vehicle manufacturer Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chrysler for an undisclosed amount. All Chrysler would tell us is that, "It's a confidential number."

AddRomet unveils 4E prototype; an $8,300 two-seat NEV

Known mainly for its work with motorcycles, scooters and ATVs, Polish company Romet Motors has rolled out its prototype 4E, a two-seat neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV). The company envisions the 4E (that's Electric, Economic, Ecologic, Easy) as an urban tool that slots in between two-wheeled, gasoline-fueled motorcycles and scooters and the more conventional autos that jam our roads today.

AddVideo: NEVs lookout, Onya Cycles' Front End Loader is the new electric grocery getter in town

Onya Cycles! Front-End Loader – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddWho LUVs NEVs? Low-speed electric vehicle test launches in SoCal

Wheego Whip – Click above for high-res image gallery

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