The Elf is a solar-powered bike-car hybrid that's turning up in cities across the country. Elf is short for electric, light, and fun. You start it up with a modified bicycle pedal crank and steer and brake with handlebars. You can pedal or use the electric motor or run on solar power. The Elf has a 100W solar panel on the roof that charges the battery, which offers a range of around 30 miles; more if you pedal. On a flat surface using the electric motor only, the Elf can travel at 20 miles per hour; with pedal assist it can go 25 mph or more. With the standard battery pack, tests have shown a 170 lb rider going over light hills, with modest sunlight on a mild day, and travelling at 15 mph, can travel 18 miles with no pedaling. With pedaling, many Elf riders can go 30 miles. With a lot of pedaling, range is unlimited. An optional battery pack increases range by 35-40%.
The Elf is considered "street legal" and requires no registration or insurance, with federal rules classifying it as a bicycle. However, some state or local rules have different requirements. The price tag starts at $5,500 for the solo model, but the cost is offset by using no fuel, not requiring insurance, and possibly eliminating the need for a gym membership.
Organic Transit, the makers of the Elf vehicle, tout it as the future of environmentally friendly urban transport, combining pedal power with battery propulsion and solar charging.
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