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Q&A: Dan Sturges on America’s “Cultural Inertia” Around the Car

The industrial designer and electric vehicle advocate talks current developments in automotive design and what ways the industry will change in the years to come.

The industrial designer Dan Sturges may have more perspective on electric cars than anyone in the automotive industry. He began working on what he calls “small local vehicles” as early as 1988. He founded trans2 in 1991 and four years later commercially introduced the first “neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV).” Given this long history, Sturges is a firm believer in the…