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Any such thing is one of these with the pedals operated by hand (if the user uses a wheelchair to get around more efficiently?
I LOV IT WHERE CAN I GET ONE DAN FLA
Could build one way cheaper- use the motor hub kit off ebay.
No you can not. The materials alone cost $4000 and the light body shell is vacuum formed in a custom mold. Quality is not free.
simple trycycle but charging alot money for body plastic frame
Nope, it is far from a 'simple tricycle'. Integrating solar and pedal into a safe body design with many car features is genius, no one had done this previously, 1000 have been sold so far. The price is cheap for what it is. Every year you drive this instead of a car you save $3 to 6K while getting essential exercise.
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What is it called
ELF by Organic Transit - Electric Light Fun
Faaak if only this was in a family bike style like the Taga 2.
They sell a two seat version with two rear seat belts for kids.
in our country all low level vehicle will limiited by the gover,even in some city no a route planning for this kind such as that bike,since the richful gover officer don't will ride this low level vehicle, and no chace 4 it,they hate the poor man
Not true, there are dozens of new Asian designed and built light electric vehicles
Please make this tricycle affordable to everyone.
Popeye Gordon you cant compare this to a car..seriously.....a car could do so much more.
It saves you at least $3000/yr compared to car ownership.
Does anyone think a kid would be allowed to ride it
If you can reach the pedals.
Inexpensive? I don't think $5,000+ is inexpensive considering what it is. I like it but it is still basically an expensive tricycle.
$5000.00 for a complete Enclosed Trike is VERY reasonable considering a good quality trike s $2500.00 and if it is replacing a car it is well worth the money in saved fuel cost you may need to rethink why you think it is expensive and what you would want it for
i agree. its just triycle, advantage only with roof/big umbrella so you dont get wet. thats it.
When you say things like that, why should we in turn care what you think?edit: Initial comment was harsher then intended.
We don't care what you think.
The difference is in comfort. ELF: One is well protected from the elements, one can maintain speed without pedaling, one does not have to strain when climbing hills, one can sit upright and lean back, and one can carry cargo.Regular trike: no elemental protection whatsoever, hills leave one winded (unless it's a mountain, then you just have to walk the thing up), one must sit hunched over on top of a pole like a circus monkey, and one get's to lug cargo in one's hands which one desperately needs to drive. The difference is clear.
i want one but i cant afford it
The time actually in the 60s in england.
Wrong. That old thing was not even close.
That's pretty cool but two questions when will they be available in the west coast (California)? And how do you lock it up to keep it from getting stolen?
Organic Transit ships anywhere on Earth.
omg sooo cool i need one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If this hits standing water during a turn what happens with front wheel spray especially inside the cabin? The front fenders on the inside seem narrow. Aftermarket doors or half doors available to stop exterior spray from oncoming traffic?
Yes, half or full doors are sold, I would not want them, makes it too hot. If you anticipate lots of rain it is easy to add some little inner fender panels. Only a tiny percentage of your ride time is spent in turns.
I don't exactly think that people would want to ride one of these in the rain
This needs springs for the suspension with a lightweight shock absorber. It also has to be faster to ever be viable in rural areas. But faster also means more weight for protection and results in less efficiency. It also needs a heavier rear tire with a small bed above it to put bags and small items in.
It has front elastomer suspension. The three inch tires are a popular option I would not be without. 20 mph is fast enough for any area rural or otherwise, when you are concerned with living sustainably.
Mine holds 20 bags.
It has room for 10 bags groceries according to the founder.
If you are willing to pay and buy it, anything could be designed. Just like ebola cure, if you got the money for r&d, you'll get it....
Were can I buy them in Europe?
This is sleek, sexy and eco friendly. If only alternative transportation got half the TV exposure that cars get. It's almost like the TV controls what people know and think. If more people hopped on this train it'd be jogging into the sunset on metaphorical diesel fuel. It's gonna have to take RU-clip to change the minds and ideas of the people. Great vehicle!
Well it's a very nice velomobile. But it's still just a velomobile, nothing really new here.I'm not really sure $4995 is "cheap" for a velomobile, but i guess it might be cheap for something this new & nice looking. Alas recumbent bike mechanisms are quite expensive simply because they are relatively rare compared to normal bikes, so it's hard to get cheap prices.
Velos in the 10k range, where the ELF now sits ($9k base price), have e-assist options and all velos have cargo space (40-80+ liters). Also those in the that range often use higher end components as well as carbon fiber for the shell. That makes them weigh ~1/3 that of the ELF or less (ELF ~180lbs a 10k velo is ~60lbs or a little less). On a velo weight is everything, it affects accelerating from a stop and climbing inclines. The solar panels are not much more then a sales gimmick for anyone outside the the south west, Texas and Florida.
Velos typically sell for $8 to 11 K with no motor or solar or cargo and passenger carrying ability.
you guys should try Copenhagen Wheels on this thing....
After visiting Copenhagen, I really wish The United States of America had a better bike set up. Amsterdam is very bike friendly also. I enjoy riding my bike more than my Blazer, but I take a risk each time I go out. People with less tenacity than I don't risk it. Build it and they will come.
Buy a bike, use it and the better bike setup will come.
Ryan, We just did an article about Copenhagen's new e-bike sharing system:spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/mass-transit/copenhagen-pioneers-smart-electricbike-sharing