The Michigan Energy Fair took place last Friday and Saturday in Mason, Michigan. Along with a variety of alternative energy (mostly solar) products, the ELF was on display. Yvonne LeFavre, the woman who owns it had pedaled from Lansing where she uses the ELF for her delivery service. The ELF is a product of Organic Transit in North Carolina. Here's a brief description from euronews.com:
According to its developers, the Elf is the future of sustainable transportation. Part bike and part electric vehicle, it has a gear system designed to maximize and balance the energy output between pedal power and a solar-powered electric engine.
Its inventor – American designer Rob Cotter – calls the Elf the perfect marriage between man and machine power.
“An Elf used on the road a lot can mitigate about six tonnes of CO2 per year. So you would have to have a 100 percent solarised home to equate to that and this is at a fraction of the cost,” he says.
The Elf can travel at 48 kilometres per hour carrying 160 kg. On days when a rider is feeling lazy, the Elf can travel 27 kilometres on motor power alone, which is further than the average US commuter travels each day.