The Man Behind the ELF

Maybe it's the times in which we're living, but for some seemingly inexplicable reason a solar-powered, human-electric hybrid trike called the ELF seems to have caught the imagination of the public and the media. Here's the man behind Organic Transit and a most improbable electric vehicle.


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It's the First Five Meters That Count!

The electric version doesn't stand a chance in the quarter mile against high-powered gas cars, but in the city, where the first five meters count most... well, watch and see.



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Formula E Racing to Showcase Qualcomm HALO Wireless Charging
Four BMW i-Series electric cars, which will be used as safety vehicles, have been fitted with FIA approved magnetic inductive receivers that enable plug-less recharging of the car's batteries.

Mahindra Reva Offers Premium Edition of e2o Electric Car
Range of the e2o premium now has increased range to 120 km (75 mi), as well as ability to use additional 8 km of emergency driving range.

Electric Mountain Bikes Present Opportunities and Challenges for IMBA
Panel convened by International Mountain Bicycling Association discusses the implications of the introduction of electric mountain bikes and how to get in front of the issues they present.

VARTA-Microbattery, Höganäs AB Develop E-Bike Drive System
The combination of VARTA Microbattery and Höganäs AB Eclino drive system offers proportional electric assist for commuting, exercising, running errands, shopping, and leisure.

Gilroy School District Deploys Solar-Fueled Electric School Bus
The Adomani-converted 50-passenger Blue Bird, type-D school bus has sufficient range per charge to meet the Gilroy Unified School District's 22-mile route.


Audi to Upgrade to 48 Volt Electrical System
48V lithium-ion battery operates in conjunction with a new, efficiency-optimized alternator that qualifies the drivetrain as a mild hybrid that offers the equivalent of 62.1 mpg.

Consumer Report: Ford C-Max Energi Electric Hybrid Impresses
Consumer Reports is favorably impressed by the electric hybrid version of the C-Max hybrid with its 18-miles of EV-mode driving range.

Low-Voltage Method Found to Produce Hydrogen Without Noble Metals
Stanford Chemisty professor Hongjie Dai develops a nickel-metal/nickel-oxide catalyst that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases at just 1.5 volts.

Are Fuel Cell Cars Really for Real?
Interview withUniversity of California, Davis professor of environmental science at the Joan Ogden on the future of fuel cell cars.


Report Reviews Growth of China's Low-Speed Micro EV
In 2013, China produced 4.72 million three-wheeled electric vehicles and 302,000 low-speed micro electric vehicles

BAIC, Foxconn Launch Electric Car Rental Services
Henyu will launch a pilot service in Beijing with Hangzhou and Jiangsu province planning to have 5,000 to 10,000 pure electric cars for rental within a year.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Priced in Australia Starting at $60,000AUD
Grant Edwards extolls the virtues of the new electric hybrid A3 that despite weighing 300kg more than non-electric model, delivers better all-around performance.

Critical Strategic Decisions Ahead for Carmakers, Says New Report
IDTechEx report sees the big carmakers having to decide how they are going to react to the growing market for microEVs like the Renault Twizy and electric rickshaws.

In Amsterdam, Smart Electric Cars Emerging as Icon
Dutch city famed for its canals, cycling and 'coffee shops', is working towardxs developing a electric carshare culture based on the smart fortwo ED.

Germany v. England: A Tale of Two Electric Car Markets
While Germans have proven slow to adopt, their counterparts in Britain are beginning to become 'intrigued' by the possibilities of electric cars.

Electric Cars: Really Less Energy Efficient Than ICE-age Cars?
Writing in The Street, Andreas Spiro contends that an electric car is less energy efficient than a comparable gasoline-engine model.

Ford 'Green Zone' Technology Promises Improved Hybrid Car Efficiency
Green Zone system utilizes GPS by switching from hybrid to electric-only mode in urban zones that are increasingly restricting ICE-age vehicle operation.

Will A Growing Electric Car Fleet 'Kill' the Power Grid?
Jason Hall recounts policy and technology developments that will minimize the impact of a growing fleet of electric and plug-in hybrids on the power grid.

Tesla, BMW Now the Center of Electric Car 'Buzz'
BrandChannel contends that while the LEAF and Volt continue to be sales leaders, they are 'losing to BMW and Tesla in the more subjective arena of popular appeal.'

Who'll Introduce a 200-Mile, $30K Electric Car First? GM or Tesla?
In the race to introduce an 'affordable', $30,000USD electric car with a range of 200-miles, GM is betting it can out compete Tesla.

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