More Than 70 Years of Manufacturing Excellence

Taylor-Dunn, now part of Waev Inc., is the leading provider of commercial and industrial EV solutions. For over 70 years, a broad portfolio of proven electric utility vehicles, personnel carriers, burden carriers, and tow tractors have been powering productivity across the United States and the world. Today, the team at Taylor-Dunn is dedicated to bringing new innovations to its lineup, while still maintaining rugged durability, trusted safety, and unmatched versatility for a wide range of industries and applications.
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Our People

With more than 250 employees, people are at the center of everything we do at Taylor-Dunn and Waev. Meet some of the experts that are pushing our company forward.

Careers

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History

2 utility vehicles: one larger the "Tiger" and one smaller the "lil' Lion"
2022
All-New Lithium-Ion Tiger and Taylor Dunn Vehicles

Waev Inc. launches the all-new, fully electric, lithium-ion-powered Tiger tow tractors and Taylor-Dunn Bigfoot utility vehicles— unlocking significantly lower total cost of ownership, zero emissions, industry-first safety features and limited maintenance.

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2021
Waev Purchases GEM, Taylor-Dunn, and Tiger

Waev Inc. purchases the GEM, Taylor-Dunn, and Tiger businesses from Polaris Inc. Founded by five former Polaris leaders, Waev strategically places GEM and Taylor-Dunn at the forefront of the business.

Entrance of Taylor Dunn Manufacturing
2016
Polaris Industries acquires Taylor-Dunn

Taylor-Dunn joins GEM, Goupil, Aixam and ORV commercial vehicles as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris, as an adjacent market extension.

White Bigfoot utility vehicle
2014
Taylor-Dunn Expands Product Lineup with Bigfoot Models

Aptly branded, the 36- and 48-volt AC-powered Bigfoot sported a longer operator’s compartment, significantly improved legroom, and more comfortable ergonomics. In 2015 and 2016, Taylor-Dunn also launched the Bigfoot XL and Bigfoot 3000. These larger versions of Bigfoot enabled more towing and payload capacity and were huge advancements for the Taylor-Dunn lineup.

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1990
Goodwin's purchase Taylor-Dunn

Arthur Goodwin introduced lean manufacturing, a "just-in-time" method. He also expanded upon the product line, brought in a German built precision laser cutter and an engineering software to allow for rapid prototyping of engineered drawings for the highly customized vehicles, all of which are still used today.

Black and white image of a man driving a stock cart loaded with Carl's Jr. boxes
1985
New Commercial Solutions

Taylor-Dunn leaves the golf cart industry to focus on commercial markets including manufacturing, universities, airports and more.

e450
1970
Introduction of The E-450

At the time, this stand-up tow tractor reinvented vehicle maneuverability for safer operation in narrow aisle towing applications, such as the warehouse or manufacturing facility.

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1968
Taylor-Dunn makes its television debut

Taylor-Dunn appears on the silver screen for the first time in Hawaii 5-0, and continues to share starring roles in the sports and entertainment world today.

black and white photo of a man sitting on a white utility vehicle reading the newspaper in a warehouse
1959
Taylor-Dunn releases first neighborhood electric cart

Taylor-Dunn releases the model “R” Trident three-wheel neighborhood electric cart complete with headlights, taillights, and turn signals. In 1963 a four-person pickup version was released.

historic image of woman pulling a golf club from a golf utility vehicle
1955
Taylor-Dunn enters the golf cart market

Taylor-Dunn released its first three-wheeled golf cart in 1955—the model “PG” Taylorcar. In 1961, Taylor-Dunn introduced their second golf cart line, the “Tee-Bird.”

black and white photo of Taylor Dunn store front in 1951
1951
Fred Dunn joins the business

Fred Dunn, Mr. Taylor's son-in-law, joined the business in 1951, and several years later the company changed its name to Taylor-Dunn Manufacturing Company. Before long, the company began making and selling vehicles to hundreds of ranchers and nurseries from San Diego to Simi Valley.

Vintage photo of old automobiles outside "Taylor Shop"
1949
R.D. Taylor Sr. starts "Taylor Shop"

Mr. Taylor initially built a small electric-powered cart for personal use in his poultry supply business. After receiving inquiries from other ranchers about the little cart, he decided to build a few for friends and neighbors. The year was 1949, and the business was named the "Taylor Shop".

Proud to be part of the Waev Family

 Founded in 2021, Waev is a strategic partner dedicated to solving the mobility market’s challenges with nimble innovation and comprehensive solutions. Waev proudly manufacture, distribute, market, and support the GEM, Taylor-Dunn, and Tiger brands.

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