EUVs: The True Disruptive Vehicle on the Market


Last month, Harvard Business Review made a compelling argument on how electric utility vehicles and low-speed EVs (think golf carts) are the underrated vehicles of future electric transportation. Tesla, which is considered the current “disruptive” technology, and the Nissan Leaf are merely just cars powered by batteries. Electric cars are still cars, which doesn’t address all the various issues cars create. EUVs could actually change how transportation in our communities work by altering the way we get around from place to place, lessening city congestion, and solving how we make the “last mile” of our commute. Of course EUVs are slower and have a considerably smaller range than a car, but this is one way they make their impact on society. Slower and smaller vehicles increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and promote the use of buses and trains for longer trips. Electric cars are relatively expensive, and not a viable option for most of us. EUVs are much more economical and an affordable alternative. Furthermore, EUVs are not categorically considered cars, so there is no need for registration or licensing. Their batteries are cheaper to purchase and cheaper to charge. As the articles states, “The people buying these vehicles don’t mind that they offer worse performance than a traditional car because they couldn’t afford one anyway”. Sounds harsh, but the point being made is that cars, electric or gas, are simply not a feasible choice for many people; EUVs shortcomings could be the cost-effective and society changing solution of tomorrow.