Technology innovations are driving to new levels with the “Elf.” It’s part bike, part electric vehicle, and its developers mark it as the future of sustainable transportation.
Its gear system merges pedal power and a solar-powered electric motor, maximizing and balancing both outputs of energy.
It’s the perfect marriage between man and machine power, says designer Rob Cotter: “There is nothing else really that a consumer or a company can engage for this cost and have this kind of positive environmental effect. An Elf used on the road a lot can mitigate about six tons of CO2 per year. So you would have to have a 100% solarized home to equate that, and this is at a fraction of the cost.”
It’s no turtle on the road, either…
Carrying a 350-lb. load, at 30 mph, and with efficiency comparable to a conventional car going on 1,800 miles per gallon, this little green machine is nothing to be scoffed at. It’s changing the game, a mile at a time…
And when it’s not leaving skid marks on the road, the Elf can travel 17 miles on motor power alone – which is further than the average U.S. commuter travels each day.
Over the past two years, over 400 Elfs were sold in seven countries, and sales are only expected to go higher.
With driverless technology, Cotter expects business to escalate very quickly. Think of an autonomous Elf picking you up from your house at an appointed time, and off you go. It’s also big business for deliveries…
“So if it carries 300 lb. to 400 lb. of packages, not a bad way to go for UPS or FedEx or the postal service,” exclaims Rob Cotter.
Currently in the works: The “Ox,” which is the Elf’s big brother, so to speak. It can carry up to 850 lb. A step closer to a sturdier, more attractive alternative for eco-friendly commuters.
Ahead of the tape,
Tech Research Team