The elf solar-powered tricycle on display at the Green Festival. (Credit: Heather Curtis/All-News 99.1)The elf solar-powered tricycle on display at the Green Festival. (Credit: Heather Curtis/All-News 99.1)
WASHINGTON (WNEW) — It’s a little bit of “Back to the Future” at the Green Festival in D.C.
Marty McFly and Doc Brown aren’t there, but the Elf solar-powered tricycle is.
WNEW’s Heather Curtis talked with the inventor of a new type of green vehicle, the Elf, at the Convention Center.
From the outside, the Elf looks like a smart car, but a closer look let’s you see there are pedals similar to a bike, a seat and solar panels on the roof. Inventor Rob Cotter says the Elf is a solar-powered tricycle.
While it’s parked, the solar panels charge-up the tricycle and help you get up hills without exhausting your legs.
It’s not fast enough to drive on a street, but you can take it on bike paths or in designated bike lanes.
A solar-powered stove on display, and is described as looking like “a cookie tray folded nearly in half with a glass tube in the fold.”
“GoSun Stove” designer Matt Gillespie says there’s a tray inside the tube to put your raw food into.
The festival runs until 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.