Number 29 in the Clean Air Technologies Series.
I have heard of recycling of organic matter but organic cycling? I am fast reminded of a familiar saying: “What’ll they think of next?!”
Well, what, in fact, was at one time “next” on the time continuum is what today goes by the name pedal-slash-electric vehicle. That’s correct: a pedal/electric vehicle or what the company Organic Transit designates simply as: “ELF.” So, what’s a pedal/electric vehicle?
From a Sept. 19, 2013 company press release, Organic Transit, whose primary ELF manufacturing facility is located in Durham, North Carolina, states: “The company builds the ELF, a pedal and solar electric powered vehicle, which is the cleanest, most efficient vehicle on the market.”1
The ELF being street legal, what this means is it can share roadway space with other, more conventional power vehicles, according to information outlined in the release. Moreover, whereas a driver’s license is required to drive a so-called “standard” motor vehicle in traffic in the conventional sense, the ELF doesn’t require said licensing, at least, this is what my understanding is. Not only is the ELF approved for roadway operation, it is allowed on bike paths too. In essence, ELF can be driven like an electric vehicle or ridden like a bike.
From an environmental sustainability standpoint, “The vehicle achieves the equivalent of 1,800 miles-per-gallon and prevents as much as six tons of polluting Co2 [carbon dioxide] from entering the atmosphere each year,” as noted in the press release in question.
Capable of carrying payloads of up to 350 pounds or the equivalent of eight grocery bags full and built from “recycled or recyclable materials,” these mobile devices definitely live up to the company’s mission of “‘Environmental Prosperity,’” this being: “build vehicles that reverse the damage caused by climate change, increase the health of the rider and the local community and create jobs in the Green Economy.”
And get this: even the buildings the vehicles are manufactured in are earth friendly, incorporating into said structures items like light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting, skylights, green walls, raised vegetable gardens and even bee hives. Yes, you read correctly: bee hives.
The location of the main manufacturing facility, a 7,500 square-foot structure, is in close proximity to Durham’s Central Park District. Organic Transit maintains a second facility on the west coast in San Jose, California, working in cooperation “with Good Karma Bikes, a non-profit that trains homeless individuals to become bicycle mechanics.”
Transit of this nature: What could be more “organic”?!
For more information, see: http://www.organictransit.com
- “Pedal/Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Expands North Carolina Manufacturing, Opens West Coast Facility,” Organic Transit, press release, Sept. 19, 2013, provided courtesy of Organic Transit Founder and Chief Executive Officer Rob Cotter.
– Alan Kandel