First, we called them off-road vehicles. Then came the SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle). The design, size, power and use of SUVs vary greatly. Some will never see anything other than a city street.
Watch for a new word that has just started creeping into the American lexicon. The term is NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle). Actually, a NEV is an enhanced electric golf cart. It is made roadworthy by adding lights, turn signals, mirrors, etc. They typically cannot exceed 35 mph. Many feel it will be a good non-gasoline using mode of transportation for running errands around town.
Our neighboring community of Berthoud, CO is going to allow the NEVs on the streets. It has been ruled that they can be used on the streets and can cross but not drive on state highways.
Loveland, CO where I live has had requests for making NEVs legal on its streets. So far, this has not happened, and Loveland officials have ruled a NEV not only couldn’t drive on state roads, it cannot even cross them.
Let’s see if they become more popular based on gasoline prices.
A company in Longmont, CO called Small Planet Earth has this type of vehicle plus other alternative transports.