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Personal Transportation w/ Organic Transit

Organic Transit

Come check out the ELF in person, learn from its inventor and lead experts in electric transit engineering, and join a group of creative critical thinkers interested in learning how personal electric vehicles can transform Winston-Salem.

Don and Rob will introduce the latest innovations in electric vehicles from their experiences at expos Eurobike and Interbike, and put the focus on what the Organic Transit ELF brings to Winston-Salem, including super-efficient transportation, health benefits, cutting-edge manufacturing design, education, employment and access to adventure every day!

Don Gerhardt, CTO, Organic Transit

An international expert on Light Electric Vehicles, Don has held positions at Ingersoll-Rand – Director of Value Engineering, Ford Motor Company – Chief Product Planner, and General Motors – Research Engineer. He specializes in advanced batteries, electric vehicles, product design, and Value Engineering. Don has earned the highest level CVS certification from SAVE International, the Value Engineering Society, and he has produced numerous publications and patents in areas of industrial systems, control systems, and sensors.

Rob Cotter, Founder and CEO, Organic Transit

Rob started out in California working on Porsche and BMW race cars. Not far away, Dr. Paul MacCready built the Gossamer Condor, a pedal powered aircraft. Rob became fascinated with the technology and built a 60 mph pedal powered trike. Highway speeds at fractional horsepower became an obsession. Rob became the VP of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association and directed the first solar car race in the US. With support from GE and DuPont to develop composite and thermoforming technologies, Rob built or contributed to numerous innovative vehicles. He also served as an advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, a Creative Director and a documentary producer. He worked with Anita Roddick, CEO of The Body Shop launching environmental and human rights campaigns. After consulting on Bike Sharing technology for NYC, it became apparent there was now a viable market for an ultra-efficient vehicle that was between a bicycle and a car. That was the beginning of the ELF.