Riding a crest of new urbanism spurred on by the realization that the sprawling suburban growth patterns of the last fifty years can no longer continue, small electric vehicles have come in to their own. Street legal golf carts, often referred to as LSVs (Low Speed Vehicles) or NEVs (Neighborhood Electric Vehicles) are becoming more and more popular in urban areas and smaller communities where the need for daily long distance driving is less pronounced.
As LSVs continue to gain acceptance globally, Garia, a small Danish company, is proud to announce availability of what is certainly the most advanced and luxurious production LSV to date – a high quality, street-legal “golf car” which is less costly to keep on the road and that creates far less pollution at the same time. Combining environmentally sound electrical efforts, the ease and accessibility of the golf cart and automotive quality, they far surpass the current generation of LSVs that are built on 30 year-old technology and fail to capture the imagination.
Garia understands that comfort, convenience, and refinement are crucial aspects in helping this trend reach its full potential and has kept this in mind in every stage of development. The Garia is manufactured at the same factory as the Porsche Cayman and Boxster and features an F1 inspired front end, a drive train built by an Italian company that produces Ducati gearboxes, and components built by companies that supply Volvo, Jaguar, and Aston Martin.
According to Mr. Anders Lynge, designer of the Garia and creative director of Garia Inc. ”The reason why so few very small electrical vehicles have become a success is that they try to copy regular cars. People do not want to be boxed into a small confined plastic box traveling at a mere 25-35mph, at that speed they want to feel free”. Extensive research by Garia has shown that the open sides create a much more socially interactive experience, allowing the driver to feel more a part of the environment as opposed to being enclosed in a separate space. The wheelbase is longer than in traditional golf carts, which creates a more comfortable driving position and the driver interface features a digital instrument panel providing relevant information such as speed, battery status and pertinent warning symbols.
Truly unlike anything else on the road, the Garia is poised to revolutionize local transportation and in some cases does represent a viable alternative to the internal combustion engine. While there is still a long way to go, Garia vehicles may serve as a first step that many can take to alleviate the burden that their personal local transportation has on our our environment.
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