Durham velomobile maker Organic Transit opening shop in Portland

jmurawski@newsobserver.comDecember 2, 2013 

Durham’s funky startup and creator of a pedal-powered 3-wheel cycle, Organic Transit, is planning to open a third location, this time in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world: Portland, Ore.

The company is looking for a manufacturing, assembly and sales location because the cross-country shipping price for Organic Transit’s ELF buggy is more than a third of the sticker price of the vehicle.

The ELF is an aerodynamic, 3-wheeled cycle aided with electric batteries and backed with solar panels. Organic Transit says the waiting list for an ELF, which starts at about $4,000, is three months.

The buggy is technically called a velomobile. Organic Transit says its pygmy-sized invention has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NBC’s “Today,” NPR’s “Car Talk” and will have a cameo role in A&E’s “Shipping Wars” later this month.

The 5-year-old company opened a production and assembly site in San Jose, Calif., earlier this year to appeal to West Coast early adopters.

Staff writer John Murwaski

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