Solar-Powered Tricycle and Stove on Display at Green Festival

Solar-Powered Tricycle

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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.


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WNEW’s Heather Curtis contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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