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New Directions: Speeding Toward Urban Mobility Systems—Will The Industry Be Onboard?

Lithium batteries are, of course, featured prominently is several golf car type vehicle models at this point, but the question remains, will the industry and the companies we more or less identify with it, build on this technology to venture into the much broader personal and urban mobility market?
Published: 4/23/2019 Author: Stephen Metzger Category: Market Insights

Inside The Gated Community: What Next For Textron And E-Z-Go?

Growth through acquisition in the small-vehicle industry also requires an eye toward building new markets
Published: 10/29/2018 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

New Directions: Small Vehicle Strategies And Urban Mobility Solutions—Where Are We Headed?

What is clear at this point is that small, electric vehicle developments in the United States and in Europe have taken different paths. In Europe, the emphasis has been on complete vehicle designs—in other words, designing a full vehicular system, from body and frame to powertrain. In the United States and Canada, the process of change has been incremental—essentially upgrading PTVs with permanent magnet motors and lithium batteries. The reality is, however, that there are major opportunities for urban mob
Published: 10/19/2018 Author: Stephen Metzger Category: Market Insights

Inside The Gated Community: Getting From Point A To B May Not Involve Your Own Golf Car

Shared vehicle fleets will be a natural evolution of ride-sharing in gated communities
Published: 8/26/2018 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

New Directions: Mobility Transformation And The Golf Car Dealer

Electric-powered mobility will transform local transportation over the next decade, leaving golf car dealers in a prime position to service new and expanding markets.
Published: 8/18/2018 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

More On Transitional Vehicle You May Be Seeing In Your Gated Community

A recurrent theme in these columns has been the evolution of small vehicles and charging systems that could well take place in gated communities and planned municipal communities. Following are some technologies and vehicles leading the way.
Published: 6/30/2018 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

Planned Development Communities As Incubators For Future Mobility

Gated communities could be the ideal laboratory for experimenting with diverse mobility concepts.
Published: 3/26/2018 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, Llc Category: Market Insights

Tales From The Gated Community

The market for Personal Transportation Vehicles (PTVs), common in gated communities, is growing quite strongly according to a recent report by Small Vehicle Resource. This is expected to continue through 2021. The use of lithium battery powered PTVs is on the rise and gated communities may be a good starting environment for self-driving technology.
Published: 3/2/2018 Author: Stephen Metzger Category: Market Insights

Trends And Outlook For Small, Task-Oriented Vehicles

We at SVR see the STOV industry as an industry in transition: First, in the extension of traditional markets with a host of product improvements and upgrades; second, via the introduction and adaptation of radically new technologies that complement solutions to urban congestion and pollution; and third, growing interest by U.S.-based companies in global markets.
Published: 9/21/2017 Author: Stephen Metzger Category: Market Insights

New Directions: Theory Of The 7Th Wave Of Technologically Advanced Products In Disruptive Innovation

We have witnessed a product evolution for at least two decades that has positioned the golf car-type vehicle for playing a major role in urban transportation solutions.
Published: 7/10/2017 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

Vision Of Future: Near Term Prospects, Self-Driving Golf Car-Type Vehicles And Global Markets

PGA Show highlights the potential for artificial intelligence and sensory system applications in upcoming autonomous vehicles
Published: 7/10/2017 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

New Directions: Three-Wheel Utility Vehicles: Could This Be The Design For The Global Market?

While hugely successful in asian markets, lack of interest in small, 3-wheeled, task-oriented vehicles in the US shows there is no predominant design that applies to global markets
Published: 6/8/2017 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

New Directions: Will The Industry Extend Its Expertise To More Diverse Markets?

I have been writing what has become a series of articles, this being the third or fourth, that in summary are intended to present some ideas for new directions for corporate strategy in the golf car industry. It is quite clear that over the past few years, industry leading companies have diversified their product line, moving progressively from a unique focus on golf cars, to low-speed vehicles (LSVs), to utility and off-road vehicles (UTVs). Thus, it is not altogether appropriate to identify our industry
Published: 1/4/2017 Author: Stephen Metzger Category: Market Insights

Where Do Small, Task-Oriented Vehicles Fit In The Context Of Future Transportation Modalities?

Recently I received a McKinsey and Company newsletter which had the provocative title, "An integrated perspective on the future of mobility". Upon reading it I began to ponder the future of what we at Small Vehicle Resource call small, task-oriented vehicles (STOVs). Some of the relevant aspects of the McKinsey piece are reviewed here, but what gets your attention right away in the article are the factors, according to McKinsey, which will shape the future transportation network on a global basis.
Published: 10/28/2016 Author: Stephen Metzger Category: Market Insights

The Future Is Hybrid

Martex's new Warhorse hybrid electric UTV with ICE range extender points to the rapid evolution of extended range electric vehicles in the 4x4 market
Published: 8/24/2016 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

The Diversity Of Small, Task-Oriented Vehicles

In all cases, with exception of the golf segment, the market for small vehicles is considerably larger than what we have in the United States. Whether this represents an opportunity for U.S. manufacturers remains to be seen.
Published: 4/22/2016 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

Rise Of The Autonomous Golf Car

Ford Motor Company made quite a splash at the latest Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, presenting a detailed overview of what the company calls its “Ford Smart Mobility” strategy. A component of this strategy is the development of an autonomous vehicle; that is, a vehicle that drives itself. The concepts developed so far by Ford, and for that matter, many, if not most, of the major automotive manufacturers, seem to me to have implications for the small, task-oriented vehicle (STOV) product and ma
Published: 3/2/2016 Author: Stephen Metzger Category: Market Insights

New Directions: Moving Past Golf To The Work Vehicle Market

The utility segment of the small, task-oriented vehicle market should see significant growth, according to the recently published study of the market by Small Vehicle Resource, LLC.
Published: 5/1/2015 Author: Steven Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource, LLC Category: Market Insights

Will Lithium Batteries Disrupt The Fleet Golf Car Market?

Long-lasting lithium iron phosphate batteries in electric golf cars from LiV Golf Cars may cause a big shift in fleet operational costs and maintenance.
Published: 3/12/2015 Author: Marc Cesare, Managing Director, SVR Category: Market Insights

Electric LSVs Point To The Future Of Personal Transportation

Existing EV technology could be rapidly embraced by consumers if the conventional paradigm of one-vehicle-for-all-purposes was changed
Published: 5/15/2013 Author: Stephen Metzger, Managing Director, Small Vehicle Resource Category: Market Insights
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