About Local Use Vehicles (LUVs)?
Local Use Vehicles are the answer to some of our most pressing transportation questions. These include:
What is a Local Use Vehicle?
With Local Use Vehicles representing solutions to so many concerns, how is it that the vehicles coming on the market are all coming from overseas companies? The page on “Full Speed EV’s” gives more details on this.
A LUV in every garage
Local Use Vehicles
Ø How do we lead the U.S.A. away from our Oil Dependence?
o Answer: Build a
movement to use Local Use Vehicles
Ø What kind of vehicles will
Reduce our Energy Use and Greenhouse
o Answer: LUVs that uses Renewable and or Domestic energy (buses, trucks, delivery
vehicles, MSEVs etc.).
Ø What is one of the fastest growing segments of the
Global Auto Market?
o Answer: Vehicles with high fuel economy, compact size, and low cost, the basic elements of a LUV
does the American Auto Industry need to produce
to regain global market share?
o Answer: Produce moreLUVs as it is the
growth segment of the global market
Ø What can a typical family do to reduce our
o Answer: Use LUVs when ever possible
Ø How do we plan and build
a sustainable transportation
system for areas of Urban Sprawl?
o Answer: A key element is to have
light compact LUVs to get people to and from mass transit centers.
The LUV movement will open a dialogue that breaks the grip of touring / longer distance vehicles on the U.S. market. Having a mix of long distance and local use vehicles creates huge energy and emissions savings. Second and third cars that get 200 miles per gallon with zero emissions become a new standard. A household’s main vehicle would serve for longer distance and faster travel. Fleets with combined long haul units and LUV's cut energy and emissions and add jobs.
This website will not only give a clear picture of what Local Use Vehicles are, it will give the full picture of how they can be a solution to part of the oil dependence puzzle. That picture
is our vision for LUVs and ties into a plan of action to bring that vision into the daily reality of our world. The links toward the top of this page will open the door to this full program.
Ø They include all those small light weight vehicles in London, Paris, Tokyo, New Deli and Beijing
Ø They are energy efficient, potentially pollution free cars that can do at least 30 miles per day
Ø They are
viable second cars that let people run their errands, do local commutes, and get their kids to soccer practice..
Ø Four wheel LUVs go at least 35 mph and go 200 miles or more a week
Ø Bicycles, mopeds, motor scooters, motorcycles,
NEVs and even Segways, skateboards, pedi-cabs, or mobility scooters can all fill the need for Local Use Vehicles
Ø LUVs are safest when they have four wheels and an enclosed body
Ø A LUV Is not a full speed, full range touring
The draft update to the General Plan for Santa Monica is another good example that can be found at
Local Use Vehicles are NOT Supported by the Status Quo in the USA
The urban development planning does not take the needs of these Local Use Vehicles into account except in a limited but growing number of communities. Recent work in southern California and elsewhere is changing all that. Cities are finding the key roll that these vehicles can play. One case in point is the discussion of vehicles that starts on page 33 of the report at
The auto industry and related government regulations are oriented toward long-range full speed vehicles. This focus and the regulations for this industry have the unintended consequence of restricting the deployment of more energy efficient vehicles. The problem is that safety regulations do not allow viable Local Use Vehicles into the market easily. The company involved has to go through safety testing designed for full speed passenger vehicles. It can cost as much as $30 million dollars to get that certification for one vehicle. It is a huge deal to engineer and produce the basic vehicle with new technology. To then have to look at a 30 million dollar testing process is a prohibitive barrier to entry.
Added to the regulatory overhead is the complication of the massive scale of the auto industry. The economies of scale for touring vehicles are at such an impressive level that keeps costs way down. In order to compete, any new vehicles will have to tie into that scale of production. Starting a new factory for a new model of vehicles can cost on the order of 5 billion dollars and that is for existing technology. The risks of deploying new technology at that scale are tremendous and are a risk that our domestic auto industry is not able to make at this juncture.
Hydrogen and Natural Gas Vehicles - Watch here for a link
LUVs of various kinds traveling with full sized vehicles in China (left) and India (right)
Creating an industry that produces LUVs can be done from the grassroots up and from the touring car industry down. Watch here for link to see how these paths are working.
There are several catagories of vehicles that can be considered LUVs.
The following links will take you to information on each of these.
Sounds good but can people really use LUVS?
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