Not a car or bicycle, but a blend - an ELF vehicle
RESTON, Virginia (AP) - A Massachusetts man is taking his car-bicycle blend "Organic Transit Vehicle" - also known as an ELF bike - on a 1,200-mile (1,930km) trip from North Carolina to Massachusetts this summer, turning heads as the unusual-looking green vehicle zips through city streets.
What Mr Mark Stewart is driving looks like a cross between a bicycle and a car with solar panels, a gently humming motor and a futuristic shape. It's a "green" option for today's commuters.
"It reminds me of when I saw a Smart car the first time," said Ms Joanne Bury as she emerged from her Reston condominium building to take a look at the vehicle. "This is incredible. What is it?" Mr Stewart, a 65-year-old family therapist and school psychologist from Cambridge, Massachusetts, took the summer off in order to drive his new vehicle more than 1,930km on trails and roads using the East Coast Greenway, a bike and pedestrian trail that runs from Canada to Key West.
Mr Stewart began his journey by flying down to Durham, North Carolina, on July 15, and estimates that the entire trip will take about a month. He covered the first leg, from Durham to Reston, Virginia, over roughly five days, 95km at a time.