Is This Solar-Powered Half-Electric Bicycle With A Roof The Future Of Transportation?
From Fast Company January 17, 2013 - 8:00am
The Elf, which just finished a massive run on Kickstarter, combines the best elements of an electric car, a motorcycle, and a bicycle, and it’s manufactured right here in the U.S. There’s something for everyone to love. It’s part-bike, part-car, part-solar power, part-man power. And--thanks in part to a massively successful Kickstarter drive that ended this week--it’s headed to a street near you. The Elf is what’s called a velomobile, a pedal-powered mini-car, typically in the design of a recumbent tricycle with a shell over it to protect you from the elements. While they’re fairly popular for commuting and biking with cargo in bike-obsessed parts of the world like Northern Europe, if you haven’t heard of them yet, don’t sweat it.Read Full Story