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A velomobile is a human-powered vehicle which is partly or fully enclosed for aerodynamic advantage and protection from weather and collisions. Some have fairings which are removable in good weather. They are virtually always single-passenger vehicles.

Recumbent bicycles and tricycles are the base upon which velomobiles and betterbikes are built; add enclosure for velos or electric motor for betterbikes. Add both enclosure and motor for an electric velomobile or e-velo.

With the addition of motor assistance to extend range and make hills easier, e-velos look and feel like "micro cars". In North America, e-velos are categorized as electric bicycles and operate under e-bike rules and regulations.

For additional photos and information on velomobiles, visit the North American Velomobilist Website at http://www.velomobiles.net/.


Organic Transit - Home of the most efficient vehicles on the planet.

Organic Transit Vehicles combine the ease of a car with the benefits of a bike.

  • Stay fresh for work by using the electric motor on your morning commute
  • Enjoy protection from the elements inside the polycarbonate shell
  • Be visible in traffic with headlights, taillights, and signals
  • Keep an eye on other drivers with the side mirrors
  • Carry several bags of groceries or other items in the ample cargo space
  • Skip the gym and still find time for a daily workout as you pedal home
  • Breathe easier knowing you are helping improve air quality



ELF


The ELF is designed with the busy commuter in mind. The ride height puts you in sight of other drivers while the body is still slim enough to navigate bike trails. There is plenty of room to stash your laptop case and pick up several bags of groceries on the way home. Recharge the removable battery pack by parking your ELF in the sun or by plugging it in to a standard outlet. Upgrade to a more powerful solar panel to stay off grid or add a NuVinci 360 hub to ease your ride. Additional upgrades and features will be available.

Standard Features:

  • Lithum battery pack
  • 30w solar panels
  • PWM controller
  • 750 watt permanent neodymium magnet motors
  • Three speed transmission
  • 26" wheels front & rear w/20mm through axles
  • LED headlights, tail lights, and signals
  • Side mirrors
  • Disc brakes
  • Adjustable seat
  • 350+ lb payload

A $500 deposit will secure your place in line and will go toward the final cost of your vehicle ($5000+). Once your ELF is on the production schedule, you will be able to choose options and see the final price of your vehicle before the order is confirmed.

The Organic Transit website offers more background.



The Truckit is a more rugged vehicle designed for the light delivery market. Whether your business is flowers or hot meals, the Truckit can save you big money on local delivery. This OTV can carry over 800 lbs and can be customized with hot/cold boxes, a lockable trunk, extra shelving, or whatever you might need to make the Truckit fit your business.

Standard Features:

  • Up to 30 mile range on a single charge
  • Built in solar panels
  • LED headlights, tail lights, and signals
  • Side mirrors
  • Front and rear brakes
  • Customizable body panels for advertising
  • up to 800 lb payload

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Primarily designed as a commuter vehicle, the Aerorider's electric drive assist supports speeds up to 50 km/h but can be limited depending on national legislation. Because it has 3 wheels and full bodywork, the driver is not obliged to wear a helmet in Europe. (In the U.S., however, e-bike rules apply.) Currently (2006) hand-manufactured in the Netherlands and priced (with delivery) under $10,000, it's available from Aerorider BV, http://www.aerorider.com/   It's 600-watt motor and aerodynamic shape combine to offer a 28 mph top speed without pedaling; pedaling increases top speed, acceleration and range. Watch the 2-minute video showing the Aerorider in action. Good soundtrack, too.


For a quick overview of the fastest velomobiles in the world, visit http://www.speed101.com/gallery/
Here's the "Human Powered Vehicle 24 Hour Record" holder: http://www.adventuresofgreg.com/HPVMain.html
Here's a video report on the fastest human powered bicycle: http://youtube.com/watch?v=5V2FgwN_re4

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