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What Are NEV'S:

Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), or low-speed vehicles (LSVs), are compact,
one- to four-passenger vehicles powered by rechargeable batteries and electric motors.
On June 17, 1998, the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognized NEVs officially as a
form of transportation. Since then, 37 states have passed legislation allowing these
vehicles to be driven on roads with posted speed limits of 35 miles per hour or lower.
 
 NEVs are designed for drivers traveling short distances at slow speeds where traffic, parking,
and air pollution may be concerns. An NEV is a cost-effective solution to these problems
because it is more compact than a conventional vehicle, requiring less space to park and less
space on the road. Like a full-size
EV, an NEV is a zero emission vehicle and produces no
tailpipe or evaporative emissions; however, it can recharge by simply plugging into a standard
110-volt outlet.
 
What Types of Cars Are Classified as NEVs? Some of these vehicles may look like golf cars
or futuristic space buggies, but regardless of their appearance, NHTSA requires them to have a maximum allowable speed of 25 mph and come equipped with the following features:

Windshield , Turn signals, Wiper blades, Rearview mirrors, Head and tail lights, Seatbelts, Reflectors & Parking brake
 

 NEV Benefits :

 Emissions  Although some pollutants may be generated in electricity production, NEVs are zero emission vehicles, meaning they produce no tailpipe or evaporative emissions that contribute to air pollution and global warming.
 Traffic  NEVs are smaller and take up less space on the road, so they help reduce traffic congestion.
 Price  The cost of electricity per kilowatt-hour can compare favorably to that of gasoline, but varies depending on location.

  Is an NEV the Right Choice for You?
Much of the daily travel that occurs in the United States consists of single occupant cars driving short distances on local roads at speeds below 35mph. The cars and trucks that most Americans use to drive these short distances are designed to carry several passengers, haul significant loads, and travel at speeds of 55 mph or greater. If your daily travel consists of a short commute to work or school, or minor trips to run errands or pick up groceries, an NEV may be the right choice for you.
 
 Vehicle Applications:
 Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) have a very special niche to fill. There are many applications where having a small electric car with limited range, limited cargo space, and a top speed limited to 40 miles per hour would work great. NEVs can easily be used on any street where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or lower.
 Airport Applications:
 

Several airports have NEVs in use as ground support vehicles, which is a great application because of their virtually silent operation and zero tailpipe emissions.

 Business Applications:
 

There are a variety of businesses using NEVs for administrative and delivery purposes, general city business, maintenance, and general company errands. These vehicles are an efficient way to get quick errands done.

 Campus Applications:
 Military, university, and corporate campuses offer a great environment for NEVs. These vehicles can easily be used to travel across large campuses because the vehicles are small, quiet, and non-polluting. Using NEVs within a confined campus area is a perfect fit for these limited-range vehicles.
 Community Applications:   A variety of police departments, parks and recreation centers, and national parks are all using NEVs in some capacity. In addition, NEVs are great vehicles for meter readers, mail carriers, and neighborhood patrols because they make frequent stops and NEVs use no electricity while stopped. Gated communities, retirement communities, and other new community developments could also benefit from the use of NEVs. They serve as an easy mode of transportation throughout the community, where the speed limit is restricted.
 Pool Car Applications:
 Businesses are using NEVs as pool cars. The vehicles are parked and charged in a central location and made available to employees so that they can utilize the vehicles for company or personal errands during the workday.
 Station Car Applications:
 NEVs can be used to improve access to and from mass transit train/bus stations. Drivers can pay a monthly fee to use the cars to commute from home to the station or from the station to their place of work. In addition, once these vehicles get to a business, they can also potentially be used as pool cars to increase their utilization.
 
   
   
   

 


 

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