Don't get me wrong. A direct drive fan here too, when they suit your primary mission. Key though, is understanding the strong points of both the gear drive and direct drive. Once you understand that, determining which suits you and your mission is possible (easily!).Oops.... I should have known that. My miss.
I'm still a big fan of direct drive hub motors .... so few people understand that they really are very efficient when used correctly such as just cruising around over 25kph/15mph. They just are not so great for low speed climbing and accelerating from a stop which is the two areas where most riders "perceive" performance.
I really don't see the Rad Wagon as a commuter, or any other service that would require speeds of 15mph plus for any distance. That's where the direct drive becomes effecient and starts working well. This is a work horse, designed to carry heavy loads, or maybe used as a delivery vehicle in town with a lot of stop and go. Hills should be a non event for it. As it is, that direct drive is a really poor choice of power. They really do need to change that, or at least have an option for which way suits your purposes better. Maybe then they wouldn't have to sell them at give away prices to move them.... -Al