A Glorified Golf Cart It Isn't

Rivolta says its NEV could be sold for under $10,000.

Published: 13-Mar-2001

That's how Sarasota design innovator Piero Rivolta would like automakers to view his company's plans for an electric-powered city car that looks more like a sturdy sport utility vehicle than a battery-driven cart.

Rivolta, whose boatmaking business churns out a custom 38-foot vessel from Port Manatee every month, hopes a large manufacturer will latch onto the idea and mass-produce the vehicle, designed by engineers at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Electric vehicles resembling golf carts, but made for low-speed street driving, are nothing new. Big automakers also are moving toward hybrid gas- and electric-driven cars.

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