Wheelchange: Watch It

Dan Sturges, appropriate transportation system advocate and vehicle designer, has launched a new website and initiative called “Wheelchange,” which promotes his ideas of affordable, alterative ways to get from here to there.  A former GM car designer, as well as the designer of the original egg-shaped neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) that gave rise to the Global Electric Motorcars business (now owned by Polaris Industries, which is an interesting company inasmuch as it produces things ranging from motorcycles to snowmobiles), Sturges is not anti-car by any means, but he believes that there should be less of a transportation monoculture, one almost entirely based on cars and light-trucks for people getting around in the U.S.  His argument is both economic and environmental.

Dan Sturges, appropriate transportation system advocate and vehicle designer, has launched a new website and initiative called “Wheelchange,” which promotes his ideas of affordable, alterative ways to get from here to there.  A former GM car designer, as well as the designer of the original egg-shaped neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) that gave rise to the Global Electric Motorcars business (now owned by Polaris Industries, which is an interesting company inasmuch as it produces things ranging from motorcycles to snowmobiles), Sturges is not anti-car by any means, but he believes that there should be less of a transportation monoculture, one almost entirely based on cars and light-trucks for people getting around in the U.S.  His argument is both economic and environmental.

What’s more, it is one that is based on technology.

In Sturges’s view, there needs to be a system that takes advantage of the information and communications revolutions that have occurred in the past few years.  Henry Ford couldn’t have imagined the Internet or smartphones, but (1) the state of vehicular transportation today is pretty much what it was after Henry did his job and (2) given his inventive mind, had there been the ‘net and things like iPhones, you can bet that Henry would have come up with a system more along the lines of what Sturges thinks, writes, consults, and talks about.

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As part of Wheelchange, Sturges has launched a series of webcasts with people who are in and around the transportation field.

Last night, I was his guest (full disclosure: he and I have been friends for more than a decade), so if you’re interested in our conversation, you can check it out here.