Organic Transit ELF

Organic Transit, a startup from North Carolina, was the first company in the world to develop and market a solar powered electric vehicle. Though other companies had previously offered vehicles with integrated solar panels, the ELF was the first vehicle in history that used a solar PV system to partially recharge the traction battery itself. Though the solar roof only offers a partial charge every day, it does allow owners in some use cases to operate the ELF without even plugging into a wall outlet at all! They were first offered on Kickstarter in 2013, and then went into production from 2013 until the end of 2018.

Since Organic Transit went out of business, in 2019, Sol Mobil has been providing repair parts and services for the Organic Transit ELF. No, we did not purchase the IP, assets, or anything related to the company; this is a misunderstanding that continues to be perpetuated around the web - we have no current affiliation with Organic Transit Inc., Sun MicroMobility (subsidiary of PetroSun Inc.), or PetroSun Inc. itself, who are the current owners of all assets and IP related to the company formerly known as Organic Transit. Though we have worked with both the pre-bankruptcy Organic Transit Inc., as well as the more newly formed Sun MicroMobility, we don't currently have a working relationship with either.

Well, what do we do then? Though there are other bike shops and EV companies who can, and do help support the ELF, Sol Mobil is the only shop around that offers comprehensive ELF repairs, refurbishment, and replacement parts. We also offer this to other bike shops around the world who have found themselves with an ELF in their shop, and no idea what to do with it. This is partially because Ryan Gillespie, founder of Sol Mobil, was an employee of Organic Transit for a short time after graduating college in 2017. It's partly due to the fact that we're a Grin dealer, and capable of offering the most reliable, top end electronics for your ELFing pleasure. And partially due to the fact that we ended up with the Shop Bot CNC machine previously owned by Organic Transit, which allows us to easily fabricate many of the replacement components commonly requested by ELF owners, as well as refreshed custom parts based on the dimensional constraints of the ELF.

Up until now, and especially since 2019, the process of maintaining or troubleshooting the ELF has been a solitary endeavor. Owners often have issues sourcing replacement parts and/or services needed in order to get their ELFs running reliably enough to enjoy. Then afterwards, they are often lacking just a little bit of helpful hints and tricks that make the install that much easier. The Facebook groups make things easier, but it's still not a seamless process. Since 2019, we have done our best to address the needs that current and future ELF owners have in the process of regular maintenance, and after almost 5 years of this, found ourselves answering the same questions more often than not:

Which leads us to this page ...

Below is our recommended parts list for the ELF, updated for 2023, and using all our greatest tips and tricks gained from these last few years of ELFing around. This is what we recommend if you have an ELF that doesn't drive, and you'd like to change that. We've sold this kit in various configurations to people all across the US and Canada over the last few years, and had mostly excellent results. Now that we've developed the new dropouts, and seen it installed in several systems, we feel confident in making a blanket parts list suggestion that's enough to breathe new life into your ELF without quitting your job to become an engineer. Yes, one or two of these upgrades can be done in isolation, but the result is best with a hub motor built into the rear wheel, new controller, and 12v refresh.

How To Completely Rebuild Your ELF:

(in the rough order they were originally assembled at the factory in Durham, NC, circa 2017):

Part I. Mechanical Parts

1. Frame

2. Antlers (front king pins) + headsets

3. Dashboard

4. Front support

5. Steering system + handlebar (including handlebar accessories, such as dinger or phone holder)

6. Gear shift system (usually a NuVinci n360 or n380)

7. Rear sliders

8. Wheels

9. Brakes



[remainder of the parts list is coming soon. Thanks!]

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