The last time we spoke with Jeff Boyd, he was still COO of Miles Electric Vehicles. This week, though, Ruff and Tuff Electric Vehicles (RTEV) announced that Boyd will take over as president of RTEV's Wheego Street Division. Regular readers will remember Ruff and Tuff as the makers of the Hunter 4x4 EV. Back at Miles EV, Boyd was able to drive the upcoming XS500 highway speed sedan on his way to work but his electric rides will be going a bit slower in the coming months. Over at RTEV, Boyd will lead the Wheego Street Division, which might sound fun (wheeee! go!) but whatever highway-speed vehicle RTEV is working on, it's likely far behind the XS500 development. From the press release (pasted in full after the jump):
Boyd will be responsible for all aspects of the company's launch into electric cars and scooters that are street legal under the current US DOT Low Speed and Medium Speed Vehicle class and also the development of RTEV's full speed highway car.
Not a lot of details there, but Boyd does say that a new Wheego car is coming in spring 2009. Stay tuned.

[Source: Ruff and Tuff Electric Vehicles]

PRESS RELEASE:

Electric Vehicle Company RTEV Announces New President

Former Miles Electric Vehicles CEO Jeff Boyd Tapped to Lead Wheego Street Division

ATLANTA, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruff and Tuff Electric Vehicles (RTEV) today announced the hiring of Jeff Boyd to the position of President of the Wheego Street Division.

Boyd will be responsible for all aspects of the company's launch into electric cars and scooters that are street legal under the current US DOT Low Speed and Medium Speed Vehicle class and also the development of RTEV's full speed highway car. Concurrent with this hiring, Ruff & Tuff founder Bo Huff has been named to head up the RTEV Recreational Vehicle Division.

Boyd comes to RTEV from Miles Electric Vehicles where he was the CEO for the last two years. He has also worked in the automotive industry for over 25 years in a variety of roles on both the dealer and distribution sides of the business including positions with the O'Brien Auto Team, National Business Brokers, and UnitedAuto Group.

RTEV CEO Mike McQuary explained, "we decided a few months ago to split the company into two divisions -- Recreational, under the Ruff & Tuff brand name; and Street, under the Wheego brand name. The marketing and distribution channels for the two divisions have very little overlap, and unique challenges, so we were just waiting for the right candidate to emerge so we could put this structure into place. When Jeff told me he was interested I jumped at the chance to get him on board."

"There are a lot of exciting developments going on at RTEV that I can help accelerate. We will launch a new car in the spring of 2009 that should capture the consumer's imagination and create a lot of excitement in the electric vehicle industry. I'll be working diligently in the next six months to find dealers who share our enthusiasm and see the potential for electric cars. I'm thrilled to be joining the RTEV team and helping build upon what Bo and McQ have started," said Boyd.

About RTEV

RTEV is an innovation-driven and environmentally-conscious manufacturer of Electric Vehicles (EVs). The company's two product lines are Ruff & Tuff (recreational) and Wheego (street). Under the leadership of Mike McQuary, CEO and former MindSpring entrepreneur, RTEV has become a leader in the integration of advanced technology components that distinguishes the brand from other EVs and is one of the first EV company to deliver affordable LSVs to the marketplace through a national dealer network. Privately held, RTEV is based in Atlanta, GA with distribution points in Winnsboro, SC; Baton Rouge Louisiana; and Long Beach, CA.

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