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Meet Elf: A Solar Power, Electric Assist Velomobile With Charm

When one thinks of an elf this time of year, visions of Santa’s little assistants at the North Pole come to mind. Well, we aren’t talking about that type of elf in this story. Rather we are talking about Elf, a new electric vehicle design from start up Organic Transit that’s a solar/pedal hybrid idea which is said to fill “the niche between a bicycle and a car and offers advantages over both.”

So what exactly is Elf? According to Gizmag, it is a three-wheeled electric velomobile that is currently in prototype phase. Its developers currently are seeking funding through Kickstarter, the popular online fundraising website, to help bring the first 100 of these EVs to market. They will retail for around $4,000 each.

Organic Transit Elf

Organic Transit Elf (image via Organic Transit)

The Elf is built so one can either get fully around on the 750 watt permanent neodymium magnet motors and 480w lithum battery pack alone or by pedal power mostly, with the electric motor only providing assistance when going up a hill. The electric velomobile is said by Organic Transit to have an estimated 1800 MPGe meaning, according to them, that you get 800 miles for the energy equivalent of one gallon of gas. When in electric mode only, one can get up to 30 miles out of the eight pound battery pack.



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