Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Salt lake, UT
Bikes: This list got too long: several ‘bents, an urban utility e-bike, and a dahon D7 that my daughter has absconded with.
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Do keep in mind that the solar panel on the top of the Elf is not going to produce enough power to eliminare th eneed to plug it in. About all it will do is keep the batteries form going completly flat when parked for any length of time.
Allowing them to go completly flat will kill the expensive batteries; so, this is an importantd valuable thing. However, when you conside the power needed to run a motor, the Solar panel will not provide it. Expect to need to plug it in in a very regular basis.. You also need to conside the distance you will be traveling and make sure that the ELF has the range to meet that need.
I like the Elf even though I would look elsewhere for a velo-mobile for my self. I consider velo-mobiles to be a good replacement for the automobile in may cases. However, you need to consider your situation. Are you looking for a velo-mobile or for a cheap electric car? For a velo-mobile it seems to mbe a bit too car large and bulky for my needs. for an electric car I would be concerned about speed and carrying capicity. However, it may be exactly what you are in need of.
That is the problem in making recomendations about things like this, there is no way to know exactly what you need. All that being said, if it meets your needs then I would definitly recomend it. I am actually considering getting one for my wife.