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Not a car or bicycle, but a
blend _ an ELF vehicle

Associated Press, by Valerie Bonk

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/1/2013 1:43:20 AM

RESTON, Va.— Mark Stewart turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets on his neon green ELF bike. With each pedal, his feet take turns sticking out from the bottom while a gentle motor hums in the background. What he´s driving looks like a cross between a bicycle and a car, the closest thing yet to Fred Flintstone´s footmobile, only with solar panels and a futuristic shape. It´s a "green" option for today´s commuters. Stewart, a 65-year-old family therapist and school psychologist from Cambridge, Mass., took the summer off in order to drive his new ELF

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/1/2013 2:36:51 AM     (No. 9452409)

How unique. Always thought that something such as this would be an ideal vehicle to tool around for short trips. The fact it is enclosed and the possibilities of falls lessened are both positives. The price of $5 grand isn´t so bad either. Sigh one could at one time buy a Volkswagon beatle for about the same cost. Those were the days. Thanks for posting. I´m going to check it out.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rickwheat, 8/1/2013 4:08:10 AM     (No. 9452424)

$5000!!!! I believe I´ll pass, thank you.
I can remember when a VW bug was under $2000 back in the 70´s!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read, 8/1/2013 5:31:28 AM     (No. 9452452)

It´s kind of dorky looking, but it sounds like it would be fun to tool around town and maybe drive to work in it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: miceal, 8/1/2013 7:06:30 AM     (No. 9452511)

I like the fact folks are still out there trying to make a difference. I wouldn´t have one but for those of you who would...go for it!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: provide, 8/1/2013 7:10:29 AM     (No. 9452516)

Are they lining up in China to buy them?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MarinMike, 8/1/2013 10:20:49 AM     (No. 9452851)

This appears to be a recumbent tricycle with electric assist, and then a shell for some protection. I have riden recumbent trikes for years, lots of fun, but I don´t yet use electric assist. The technology is getting better and better for electric motors suitable for this use. There are several bicycle makers that offer electric assist bikes, and even scooters. The battery pack is still the limiting thing, durability and replacement cost.

But this little vehicle would serve more than 90% of my transportation needs, if there is convenient place to put two grocery bags. The Smart car can do just that, has a longer ranges and costs a lot more.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: craige, 8/1/2013 10:28:45 AM     (No. 9452864)

I prefer pedal power only. Less things to go wrong and much less weight. My trike weighs in at 37 lbs (stripped).

We must all remember that bikes, trikes, etc, are all manufactured and supported with Gasoline. Without petro chemicals, such pedal vehicles would cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 8/1/2013 10:36:08 AM     (No. 9452884)

An engineer friend of mine wanted to make something like this in the 70´s. My comment then still applies. The safety and liability issues with driving something like this on the street will make it impractical. Get hit by anything bigger than a baby stroller and you are in the hospital - if you´re lucky.

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