Neighborhood Electric Vehicle


Why The Gizmo Could Work For You

Take a minute to think about the type of trips you take on a daily basis. Are they mostly short trips on city streets? Do you usually do your errands (shopping, meetings, commuting, deliveries) by yourself?. Do you drive less than 17 miles at a time? Do you drive less than 50 miles in a day with breaks for business, meetings, classes, shopping, eating, etc.? If so, the Gizmo could work for you. If you are one of the vast majority of urban drivers you will find that the range of the Gizmo fits into you driving pattern. The onboard battery chargers can plug into common, 110 volt outlets located almost everywhere. You can quickly re-charge the Gizmo while taking care of business and drive home at night without running out of juice. For most Gizmo users recharging during the day is not necessary, but very easy. The more often you plug in between trips the further you can go. Range around town is not relevant anymore. The Gizmo is not intended for freeway trips that a larger, gasoline vehicle does best. The Gizmo carries the equivalent of 6 bags of groceries, accelerates very quickly, is highly maneuverable, goes 40 miles per hour, climbs hills, and is tremendously fun to drive. When the Gizmo is used for its intended purposes it does an excellent job at far less personal, social and environmental cost that any other motorized vehicle That's why it's so great and that's why it could work for you.

What is a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle?

A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) is a small, enclosed, one or two passenger vehicle powered by rechargeable batteries and an electric motor. They are designed to be used in a city environment to run errands, commute to and from work or school, and to make small, local deliveries. NEVs are intended to be a lower cost, environmentally friendly alternative to larger gasoline automobiles and traditional utility vehicles. Transportation studies have demonstrated that the vast majority of vehicular trips within cities are short requiring nothing larger or more expensive than a NEV. They make sense because they are designed for the most common type of vehicle trip. NEVs are small because for most city trips a small vehicle minimizes traffic and parking problems. They are enclosed so they can be used in windy, rainy weather. NEVs are electric for several good reasons; Electric motors do not create air pollution, they have powerful performance characteristics at low rpm, they can re-charge from any 110 volt outlet. NEVs typically carry one person because most car trips in cities are made by only one person, and the vast majority of trips within cities are short distance (less than 10 miles).

Cities around the world are literally being choked by air pollution and traffic congestion. In many urban and suburban settings it is not healthy to go for a walk or ride a bike. In many cases city dwellers needs a vehicle to get to work, to school, shopping or visit the doctor. Modern cities have been designed to accomodate the widespread use of automobile which has resulted in monumental social and environmental problems. The solution is to use cleaner vehicles that do not pollute city air, to use small vehicles that are appropriate for local urban use, and to begin to change the design of cities so that fewer and shorter trips are needed to enjoy a pleasant lifestyle. NEVs can address these three solutions. Appropriateness is the key an NEV. They are designed to minimize the social and environmental costs of urban transportation while providing people with an independent and low cost way of getting around town.

Why A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Makes Sense

Transportation studies have repeatedly shown that 75% of all travel in the U.S. is one person in a car going less than 25 miles in a day. This is a very inefficient use of petroleum, causes the most pollution and the most wear and tear on the engine. Electric vehicles are much more appropriate for this type of travel, being efficient, non-polluting and having minimal impact. Many people travel primarily in a local area, at about 30 miles an hour. If they would use a small, economical, environmentally friendly vehicle for those trips, they would save money, help the environment, reduce the need for more and wider streets, more parking lots and garages. In addition, their gas vehicles would be used for more appropriate uses that are easier on their engines, the vehicles would last longer, and their mileage would stay low so the resale value is higher.


EVs are well known as alternative vehicles, yet for the most part they are really imitations of standard gas powered vehicles. A more alternative alternative to this alternative vehicle is the neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV). The NEV can be one or two seats, three or four wheels, enclosed or open, but the common feature is that it is designed for use over locally oriented roads, at community speeds for about 30 miles. It is intended for the everyday, average travel that most people do a lot of. It isn't intended to be your only mode of transportation, although some ultra-environmentalists will probably make it work that way. It is intended to give a much larger group of environmentally conscious people the advantages of electric vehicles, where they are appropriate. Equally as important, they are intended to make EV ownership affordable for the masses. In the case of NEVs, you plug in at night so you never go to a fueling station again, and the increase in your electric bill is so small that you probably can't even tell the difference. If you're off the grid, you'll appreciate the minimal amount of power necessary to fully recharge your batteries.

On the other hand, you have to consider how far you will be going on each trip, and plan your route accordingly. Traditional city planning assumes an unlimited supply of energy and horsepower when laying out the streets of virtually every city. Basic physics teaches that hills require a substantial amount of energy to climb, especially with heavy batteries. Even though we rarely realize it , in gas vehicles mileage drops steeply, right along with the length and incline of the hills you climb. When you travel around town in an NEV, you think about ways to avoid roads that go up and over a lot of hills. This practice may add a little time to your trips, but it extends the range considerably.

The strategy for driving an NEV involves evaluating the use of energy. The faster you accelerate, and the more you brake rather than coast, the shorter your range. The more often that you can plug in as you travel from place to place, the less your range is a factor. As more people start using EVs, charging stations will be more common around towns in parking structures and at supporting places of business.

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