ELF founder, with trikes and test rides in tow, scouts Portland
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Rob Cotter, of Organic Transit, will land in Portland this week to offer test rides of his ELF hybrid trike.
A hybrid solar and pedal trike company looking to add a Portland manufacturing base will hit town this week to show off its wares.
Organic Transit, which makes the ELF trike, will allow locals to test the trike on Jan. 25 and 26. The Durham, N.C.-based company is looking to make Portland its third manufacturing spot, after Durham and San Jose, Calif.
CEO Rob Cotter plans to meet with business and city leaders, as well as investors, as he explores area sites.
“Portland is the mecca of the bicycle community and is environmentally conscious,” Cotter said in a release. “We are looking to Portland for partners, assemblers, and investors who will support our mission. Organic Transit is expanding ELF accessories including apps and battery packs, and we also have new vehicles on the drawing board designed to tow higher loads for business fleets, and for humanitarian relief.
It’s a very exciting time and through local partnerships, we can meet growing demand.”
Cotter said the ELF boasts the equivalent of 1,800 mpg. The first ELFs hit the streets in early 2013.
The test drives will launch between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St. in Troutdale. To schedule a test drive, email TestDrive@OrganicTransit.com and write “Portland” in the subject line. Those interested are asked to indicate their preferred test time.
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