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spartanswami

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ELF bike - Thoughts, Suggestions, Alternatives?
« on: December 06, 2017, 05:29:02 AM »
I'd like to know what fellow Mustachians feel about the Organic Transport ELF bike (google Organic Transit ELF)? Do any of you own this, are there any similar/better alternatives?

I got tuned into this space since I was looking for a transport vehicle that would work like a bike but allow me to transport kids, groceries and even my exercise allergic DW, especially on days when it's raining or freezing. Something similar to the kids trailer except my kids are now older and wouldn't ride in the trailer.

While I love the ELF idea and the product, at $10,000 per vehicle, it's about the same price for a used LEAF and I would much rather build something myself that is similar if I could, or buy something similar (without all the fancy solar, suspension etc) in a much lower price range.

terran

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Re: ELF bike - Thoughts, Suggestions, Alternatives?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 03:03:58 PM »
For those that don't want to do the "research" it's a semi-enclosed electric recumbent tricycle with solar recharging that can do 20mph on electric and 30-40mph if you pedal for $9000. All electric range under favorable conditions of 18 miles. More at https://organictransit.com/

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Re: ELF bike - Thoughts, Suggestions, Alternatives?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 03:40:45 PM »
The Elfs I've seen seem to have remarkably lousy passenger (or co-pedaler) and cargo capacity for what they cost.  I'd buy a Leaf, or really, anything rather than be parted with that much money for something that would for me have very little utility.

atelica

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Re: ELF bike - Thoughts, Suggestions, Alternatives?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 08:08:09 PM »
Can it go on a bike path or bike lane?

I guess the cover protects you slightly from rain, but with the sides open, I don't think it'd be that comfortable in bad weather.

It's an interesting concept, but I'd rather buy a luxury ebike for every member of the family.