American mini-automaker hopes to change the way people get around town

If you use your car primarily to get around town, buy groceries and visit your friends every once in awhile, you know that even these tiny trips are a pain at the gas pump. But, all this may change in the coming years, as a transportation startup based in Durham, North Carolina, is working on a prototype that could change the way people approach the way they move around.

Organic Transit is a small-scale operation that is currently working on a prototype simply known as the ELF. This half recumbent bicycle, half electronic vehicle is a 100 percent game-changer in terms of traditional means of transportation. It features LED lights and a 750-watt motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. This unique design allows the driver to choose how they want to travel, as they can opt to pedal, rely on the engine or utilize a mix of the two. While the most energy efficient cars are capable of up to 45 to 60 miles per gallon (MPG), the ELF can reach a whopping 1800 MPG in its current design.

"It's time for a radical shift in how we get around. Environmentally, economically and socially the public is ready," founder and CEO Rob Cotter was quoted as saying in a press release.

Not only is the ELF capable of significant power conservation, the vehicle is also stylish and easy to operate. Its sleek frame is easily distinguished and is capable of carrying up to 350 pounds of luggage, groceries or whatever else you'd like to stash inside.

At this time, the ELF is still in the prototype phase and some design elements could change before it enters pre-production. However, this exciting new vehicle is sure to stir up the debate regarding the most ecologically friendly and practical ways to travel in the 21st century.

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