The Elf gets Closer, Much Closer

...to a practical pedelec velo mobile for almost anyone.

 

It's style leaves somethign to be desired, most obviously doors but, it also has very unsettling feel when cornering, you want to slow way down to turn & that's no fun. The only way these things will make it beyond the eco extremist market is if they become more fun to ride than they are to talk about.

To leave a comment, please sign in with
or or

Comments (5)

  1. pastormike

    pretty cool little dude. but it definitely needs doors.. gullwing is the way I’d go.. microcars have always been around.. King Midgets when I was a kid.. but they just never find enough market share.

    June 26, 2014
    1. Munkyman

      When they’re actually cars the value for cost just isn’t there in general but, you get it under $5k new & around $1k well used then you have a real value & as tight as times are the value is what you’re really shooting for to make it viable, minimal & simple upkeep cheap readily available fuel & power domestically sourced is even better & you can run a turbine on alcohol or bio diesel. one generator for every continent & every liquid or pressurized fuel.
      .
      The gull wing is all kinds of pretty but, it’s far too expensive & not good. Here’s what I think about why there’s no doors a good side wind would pick it up like a beach ball. Now having doors dictates more thought to aerodynamics than this model has given. This is definitely an early model with the least specialized equipment necessary. I favor a scissor door myself & I am a big fan of center drive, I like the idea of enough room for two child seats or your carry on luggage, the mail for a rural route, even two children The driver’s couch should be big (I am openly catering to myself & other 6’+ men here along with plus size people) & comfortable with a real 4 point safety harness. I also like the idea of rocker arms for a rotate in place door that moves inside the vehicle’s height clearance.
      .
      This vehicle has a tiny battery it only weighs 150#, to be a bicycle you have to be able to move it by pedal alone so there is a weight limit. That’s determined by your strength & it’s gearing efficiency, some states have weight regulations that tend to be less than a small motorcycle or 250-500#.
      .
      For me the weight of the vehicle becomes a coefficient of how fast I want to go. I’m comfortable at 185 to 190#, I can beef up to 200 & still feel good, at 175# I don’t feel healthy. so if I want to go faster than 25 mph my vehicle has to have more weight below the axle line than my body weight to maneuver as well as a vehicle like this will have to. There’s also frame design. Because many communities are hostile to 4 wheel pedal cars on public roads & I can’t really blame them since they tend to be as wide as actual cars, even to the point of using bench seats from old cars back seats for their own… because of this & the fact that even if it’s ruled not a bicycle a 3 wheeled vehicle still falls in as a motor cycle & has those guidelines to meet which means no airbags required. I’d still like a low firing one in the steering wheel & a curtain for the windshield. Side windows are for minor visibility & ventilation… verbal exchanges, postal service so they can be made of less clear & more durable shatterproof resins. Anyway you cut it you have to minimize the weight above the axle if you want this puppy to be any fun at all & have the security agility provides those who use it wisely. Pushing weight below the axle is what sparked the idea of batteries in the suspension system. I had the idea of tubing regular batteries into strut style shockabsorbers but, was told that wouldn’t work at all. I still don’t know if I believe it but, it sent me considering other suspension systems & airbags… then koosh ball sprung into my head & deep cycle marine gel batteries came next. I then began to ponder if you could make a self energizing shock absorbing bag of battery. Then you could even put them into the crumple zones to absorb the energy of a collision as the zones crushed into them. The more I learn the more I favor a ceramic monocoque chassis & the vehicle must cant through chicanes so the seat swings under you to bank you into the turns just like riding the rails of a roller coaster… creating your own NASCAR style wall experience in the vehicle & also keeping most of the force effects pulling down & back instead of pushing you, the driver, out the far side of the turn.

      June 26, 2014
      1. pastormike

        yeah.. come to think of it gullwings wouldn’t work on something that low.. actually suicide doors might work best for access. I see your point about the wind though.. but no doors limits your market to warm climates. but I don’t see why batteries couldn’t be used in suspension.. I’d use them as pistons in hydraulic shocks. like the idea of the swinging seat.. makes all kinda sense.

        June 27, 2014
        1. Munkyman

          dry climates, you can dress warm, protecting cargo & such from getting damaged by wet is a bigger concern to me than warmth, heck cooling matters more to me than warmth.

          June 27, 2014
  2. billostrand40

    Elf is one of the traditional supernatural beings that may be found in the form of Germanic mythology and also may be a part of folk pola etc,etc. How the dissertation help be clear from all kinds of common mistakes related to grammar and compositions and other language rules?

    March 27, 2017