Rob is a lifelong cycling enthusiast known
for his work on human-powered velomobiles.
His e-bike credentials even include a stint
serving as VP of the International Human
Powered Vehicle Association in the early ’80s.
He’s the kind of guy that quizzes you with
comments like, “What do you notice about the
wheels on this thing” and “Why do you think we
mounted the motor to the frame like that?” His
aggressive mannerisms help bring the colorful,
bubbly design elements of the ELF back down
As with many
others, I was one of
many early fans who
discovered the ELF
through a Kickstarter
where they raised over
two times their funding
goal in January 2013.
The ;rst time I saw
the ELF, I had visions
of struggling villagers
nations walking miles
and miles on a daily
basis to fetch water
from rivers and wells.
Here’s a machine
you could use nearly
anywhere in the world
that could charge itself
on sunshine in less
than a day and travel
distances up to 15
miles at 20 miles per
hour! The possibilities
were inspiring, and it
made me thirsty for
ORGANIC TRANSIT ELF
With lights and signals, the ELF is designed to be highly visible
so it is safe in traf;c, despite topping out at 20 mph. (Below) The
body is built up from molded sides with a light cross structure.
Windows and a solar panel are built into the ;at parts of the body.