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Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Mar 9, 2015

Organic Transit ELF 1.5 Solar Powered Vehicle Can Run At 30mph Speed

A glance at it won't let you decide if this vehicle is a car or a bike. Taking the field of urban eco-mobility one step ahead, Organic Transit has brought its solar powered vehicle called ELF 1.5 to the market. It is not the vehicle's distinctive shape that stands out when it comes to the features of this urban vehicle. With a body made of Trylon, a recyclable composite material that ranks high in both lightweight-ness and safety, the ELF 1.5 has been coated with a resilient UV-resistant coat known as Solarkote. Coming in three color options - basic Arctic White, Wasabi green and Mango orange (as shown in picture below), the ELF 1.5 vehicle is solar and pedal hybrid vehicle powered by the rider and the sun. With the capacity to carry 350 lb. payload, the ELF 1.5 can travel at a speed of 20 mph on electric power only and up to 30 mph when combined with pedalling.

As we take a look at the various features of the novel solar powered car, we find an ergonomic sliding seat, a 3-speed internally geared hub, LED headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals, disc brakes on the front wheels and front dynamic dampening suspension. Other features worth noting include a 87 liters of trunk space and the 11.25 Ah 48V Li NMC German battery using Samsung cells, that can be charged in the vehicle using the rooftop solar panel or can be easily removed and plugged into a wall charger.


The last time we wrote about the Organic Transit's ELF vehicle, it was way back in 2012, when the project was making news as it looked for funding via Kickstarter. In the last three years, the company has made significant improvements in the automobile and takes great pride in speaking about its transportation efficiency. Check out the chart below to see a comparative study -

The Organic Transit team wants to integrate the experience of a bicycle ride with the comfort and modern functions of a car. The team has been successful in selling about 450 of ELF machines within little over 1.5 years of launch at a price tag of $5500 (~Ra. 3,45,000), which is fairly competitive for a hybrid vehicle trying to compete with other mainstream riding options.

Are we looking at the future of urban eco-mobility as the company claims? What are thoughts on the ELF 1.5 vehicle? Share with us in comments below.

Source: Organic Transit

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