Visited by an ELF

The Organic Transit ELF

The Organic Transit ELF, parked under the solar carport.

A few months ago, a friend told me that he ordered a solar-powered tricycle (for adults) from a place in Durham, NC called Organic Transit. At first, I thought he was pulling my leg. Then I checked out their website (http://www.organictransit.com/) and a bunch of You Tube videos.

I was impressed. It is called ELF. It has an electric motor, goes up to 20 mph, has 14+ miles of all-electric range and can be recharged by a flexible solar panel on the roof. It has pedals and is classified as a bicycle.

He picked up his wasabi-colored ELF earlier this week, drove it over and let me try it out. It is easy to drive and accelerates surprisingly fast when you switch on the electric motor. Bottom line, it’s amazing.

Here are a few more pictures of the ELF under the solar carport:

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Note the solar panel on the roof of the ELF.

Note the solar panel on the roof.

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North Carolina ranked third in total PV installations (Quarter 3, 2013)

This is not something most people are aware of.  NC is a solar powerhouse, ranking third behind California (first) and Arizona (second).  Data are here:  http://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-market-insight-2013-q3

Let’s encourage the NC Legislature to keep up their strong support for utility-scale and residential solar incentives.

Jan. 26, 2014 Update:  The final numbers are in.  NC rose to number two in solar installations in 2013, ranking behind Calfornia and beating Arizona.  Article is here:  http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2014/01/09/nc-rises-to-no-2-in-solar-installations.html