Monday, May 27, 2013

Electric Sociability Run


Drivers and fans of plug-in electric vehicles gathered in Washington, DC to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the Electric Sociability Run of 1914
There were lots of Teslas, Volts, Leaves, electric motorcycles, and even an electric skateboard.  But only two ELFs. Next year I expect there will be more!

9 comments:

  1. Keep up the ELF updates. I am waiting, WAITING, WAITING FOR my ELF. I appreciate seeing one on the road and the issues you are encountering.
    ELF #31.

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  2. Thanks Kim. I can say it's worth the wait. Lots of fun to drive and definitely turning heads.

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    1. good to hear. Can you do a video of the entire inside and outside for us Kickstarters still waiting on ELFs. It would be greatly appreciated.

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    2. Sure, I'll work on putting up something soon.

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    3. Hey Kim, I just put up some video per your request. Hope you enjoy it! http://www.elfrider.com/2013/06/speedy-elf.html

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  3. Enjoying your posts while I wait for an ELF. What's the distance on your commute?

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  4. Bill, my commute is 10 miles each way. It's pretty hilly so the electric assist is essential. It takes me just under an hour to get from home to work.

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  5. Hi all, Nice Blog and pix Java Dude. My name is Mike and I live south of Raleigh NC, I have been in the ELF beta program and own #7. I'd be happy to answer questions about my experience so far.

    I like the ELF very much. I am stretching what OT says it is good for, but it is good at it - I commute 25 miles each way. My hope was to manage this in an hour, but I that might be impossible with lights and all on the last 4 or 5 miles of my ride. I do average about 22.5mph so the ride time is about 1:12.00. One morning just to see, I tried to max out my average speed. With very few lights I managed to average 25 mph for 12 or 13 miles. The last couple miles in town cut that down to 23mph. I think 20 to 22mph averages are the best I will ever see in urban riding.

    Made three commutes a couple weeks ago, M,W & F. I need more batteries to do this. I have an additional 20Ah and the original 10Ah they put in it. The 20Ah makes the whole trip as long as I work hard - which is the intent anyway so it is good. Then the 10Ah is a backup - if has taken me as far as 16 miles and as few as 9 depending on how hard I work. I carry about 70 lb of gear, tools, water, laptop, food, clothes, chargers, etc. I am myself a Clydesdale at 245.

    It is a brand new thing and there are some parts they will refine I am sure, but I am very pleased, it is a mature and effective design. it is a human powered vehicle and that implies some fragility, you can't treat it like a demolition derby car. But it is really quite good. I am still happy to get in it and ride after 600 miles. I will not give up my other 2 and 3 wheeled cycles for non-commutes. But it really is the ticket for my own commute that is just too long for a regular bike.

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    1. Thanks for all the information about your experiences. I feel the same way that the ELF is perfect for my commute. But unfortunately I can't go that fast due to the rough terrain and very bumpy roads on several parts of my commute. Do you have any way to measure how much power is left in the battery?

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