A certain South African-born, attention-seeking entrepreneur has brought media attention to a market for electric vehicles. We long-time industrial people are (or should be) familiar with a variety of electric vehicles that have been traversing aisles in manufacturing plants for decades.

My question to Keith Simon, CEO and founder of Waev, was what could possibly be new in this world of electric material handling equipment.

Waev was founded not even two years ago to bring together three businesses from Polaris. Skipping the gory details, Waev encompasses the businesses of GEM, Taylor-Dunn, and Tiger. The company encompasses the manufacture, distribution, marketing, and support of these product lines.

Simon told me that they are researching and incorporating a variety of advanced electrification and electrical architecture technologies. Advances come in a variety of ways from batteries to motors. Another advance includes communication and even visualization of routes and pick ups.

Located in Anaheim, CA, we are an electric mobility provider dedicated to solving the mobility market’s challenges with nimble innovation and comprehensive solutions. We proudly manufacture, distribute, market, and support the GEM, Taylor-Dunn, and Tiger brands. GEM is an established leader in the EV low-speed vehicle (LSV) space and has been for more than 20 years. Taylor-Dunn has a rich 70-year legacy of providing trusted industrial vehicles to the market. Tiger heavy-duty tow tractors have been towing cargo, baggage, parcel, and other equipment in ground support applications since 1981.

Electric vehicles represent one of today’s most dynamic and growing trends. EVs today go beyond moving people and goods from A to B—they’re the epicenter of one of the most impactful market segments in the history of mobility. EVs give us innovative new ways to think about all aspects of transportation—from convenience, to safety, to environmental impact. Consumers, businesses, and governments are changing their lifestyles, perceptions, priorities, and regulations when it comes to mobility and sustainability. The evolving industries we serve are presenting opportunities that we could not have imagined 10 years ago.

The low-speed vehicle market intrigues me. I had not read about it before. There are many applications I could think of.

Always cool to see start up companies doing something useful for society.

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