By 2030, a burgeoning $100 billion global industry could bring small, slow passenger vehicles, or minimobility, to U.S. roadways. Proponents envision these vehicles hitting the sweet spot for when a traveler needs more passenger or cargo space or more protection from the elements than you find with two-wheeled micromobility vehicles like electric bikes and scooters but less than full-sized cars and trucks.

According to a September report by the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility, which surveyed 26,000 road users across eight countries, including the U.S., 30% of respondents would consider using minimobility options like three- or four-wheeled electric vehicles fitting one to two people. Of the U.S. respondents, 26% expressed an interest. The report states these options would be cheaper, consume less space, and have more parking options in urban cores than traditional cars and trucks. Slower maximum speeds — 15-56 miles per hour — and higher visibility mean they would also be a safer option to share the road with pedestrians and micromobility users. In 2020, the city of Milton, Georgia, revised an ordinance to allow golf carts on public streets as […]

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