Leaders in sustainable mobility team up to keep transportation at the elite PGA tournament emissions-, noise- and cost-free
Anaheim, Calif., Nov. 8, 2022 – A different kind of “green” kept fans moving around the 2022 PGA TimberTech Championship sustainably, safely and in style. Guests at this year’s event received free rides in a GEM. Waev Inc., the electric mobility provider of GEM vehicles, teamed up with EFO Ventures’ LEAP Mobility, a bikeshare rental and e-scooter provider shaping the future of micro-mobility via customized platforms, to offer free, safe, eco-friendly rides at the PGA tournament in Boca Raton, FL, October 31-Nov. 6. The “Official Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) partner” for the TimberTech Championship, Waev provided seven GEM electric vehicles to shuttle guests in style while promoting safety and sustainability.
“We are thrilled to partner with EFO Ventures to provide eco-friendly rides to guests at the PGA’s TimberTech Championship and to showcase what GEM has to offer,” said Keith Simon, Waev Inc. CEO. “GEMs are designed for safety, style and comfort, while being 100 percent emissions free. Additionally, their small footprint and low speed allows them to move efficiently through crowded spaces and narrow pathways, while individual high-back seats and seatbelts make them a safe and comfortable ride for passengers around courses and communities alike.”
While the golfers last week focused on the course green, event organizers focused on green technology. Sustainability has been a priority for the TimberTech Championship, having become the first tournament in PGA TOUR Champions History to become a certified zero waste to landfill event in 2021. Partnering with GEM and LEAP provided the opportunity to expand on sustainability efforts this year and provided premium shuttle experiences to golfers and guests that was cost-effective to operate and easy to charge.
“The emphasis on sustainability by the team at the TimberTech Championship should be both applauded and recognized as an example of an industry leader focused on initiatives that impact the communities where we live, work, and play,” said Sean Flood, managing partner of EFO Ventures, parent company to LEAP Mobility. ”LEAP is on a mission for change towards a sustainable future. We’re excited about our partnership with a leading organization like Waev whose perspective about safety, mobility and environmental awareness very much align with our purpose.”
The semi-final event in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, the TimberTech Championship
is the longest-running professional tournament in Palm Beach County, taking place on the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club golf course with the City of Boca Raton being a major sponsor of the annual event. This year, the tournament hosted the top 54 players on the PGA TOUR Champions – with proceeds benefiting the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Three GEM e6 vehicles, which seat up to 6, and four GEM e4 vehicles, which seat up to 4, were on-site during the TimberTech Championship – providing multiple ride options, shuttle efficiency and the comfort and ease guests have come to expect from the elite tournament. Vehicle drivers were provided by the PGA and EFO Ventures, and guests were able to hail a ride by downloading the LEAP App, through the LEAP website and through the GEM website. E-scooters were also provided as a transportation option to guests, courtesy of LEAP.
Rooted in campus, community, and urban mobility, GEM is the leader in low-speed vehicles (LSV) and has been shuttling people and goods for more than 20 years. GEMs are engineered to exceed LSV federal safety standards, travel at a maximum speed of 25 mph and unlike golf carts, are street legal on most roads 35 mph or less, forward-facing, can comfortably seat up to six and are outfitted with safety features such as seatbelts, a rear-view mirror and turn signals.
CAPTION: Partnering with GEM and LEAP provided the 2022 PGA TimberTech Championship with the opportunity to expand on sustainability efforts this year and provided premium shuttle experiences for golfers and guests that was cost-effective to operate and easy to charge.
About EFO Ventures
EFO Ventures is an investment and incubation firm that backs founders and their innovative ideas not only with access to capital but also personal guidance and hands-on collaboration from the very first stages. Our managing partners are both founders themselves, and together with a dedicated team of two advisors, we bring decades of entrepreneurial experience to our work. We provide our portfolio companies with all the resources and expert advice they need to turn their visions, traditionally in the mobi-tech space, into disruptive reality. Portfolio companies include: LEAP Mobility, MIXTE , Element LEV, Frog Mobility, Hello Llama, and Ottr. For more information, visit www.efoventures.com.
LEAP Mobility is on a mission to shape the future of shared micro-mobility, helping communities truly connect and Leap Forward toward a sustainable future. Grounded in the cities we serve and working in partnership with community leaders and riders, we believe in deploying only the highest quality products and building a culture that connects us to one another creating a cleaner, safer, more sustainable planet. For more information, visit www.leapmobility.io.
About Waev Inc.
Waev Inc. provides access to safe and dependable electric vehicles through the manufacturing, distribution and support of the GEM, Taylor-Dunn and Tiger product lines. Founded in 2021, Waev is redefining EVs to make life and work easier, more efficient and more enjoyable. This is driven by our commitment to sustainable, safe, future-focused solutions that lead to the adoption and advancement of electrification without compromising the job or purpose of the vehicle. Our collaborative and agile partnerships stem from these shared values and common pursuit to advance mobility.
GEM has been an established EV leader in the LSV space for more than 20 years. Taylor-Dunn has a rich 70-year legacy of providing tailored industrial vehicles. Tiger heavy-duty tow tractors have been towing cargo, baggage, parcel, and other equipment for ground support applications since 1981. All vehicles are engineered and produced at the Waev headquarters and manufacturing center of excellence in Southern California. Visit us at waevinc.com and follow us on LinkedIn.