|photo from the Organic Transit site|
I'm completely fascinated by this. Breathless! Organic Transit makes them. They cost $5000 and the delivery is in addition to that. There was a successful Kickstarter campaign:
CNET has an overview. Digital Trends says, "The ELF has a top speed of 20 mph when utilizing electric power, but the user can use the pedals to increase the overall speed of the hybrid vehicle. ... the ELF is classified as a bicycle in all fifty states according to current federal guidelines." Indy Week says,
Whether Americans will embrace vehicles like the ELF is uncertain, but anything that might help break cars' near-monopoly of our transportation can only be a positive step. America's so-called "love affair" with the automobile, which long ago degenerated into a toxic, consuming obsession, is harming our bodies, our cities and our planet.Here's a test drive with the founder:
"The most environmentally damaging thing each of us does every day is get in our car and drive," says Cotter [company founder]. "And 40 percent of trips are under 2 miles. What the hell are we doing? And I'm an American too, I'm guilty of all those things. But there's not a lot of options."
Here's a video that covers background, manufacturing, and how you get in and take it for a ride:
I want the mango colored one. I need to find out exactly how these are legally classified and regulated here in Tennessee. And I need to save my pennies.