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NHTSA's Final Rule on Low Speed Vehicles

NHTSA's Final Rule on Low Speed Vehicles

The NHTSA has set standards on the use of street legal golf cars and vehicles. With the growing public interest in finding an energy-efficient alternative for today's low speed vehicle, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) carefully studied the use of electric vehicles for numerous personal and work-related applications. The private use of golf carts in golf course communities led to a demand for street legal golf carts, electric utility vehicles, low speed vehicles (LSVs), electric buses, neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), low-speed parking shuttles and electric emergency response vehicles. The sudden rise of public interest forced the Department of Transportation to determine how these low-cost, energy saving vehicles should be categorized for use on public roadways. State governments from Florida to California followed suit and began to authorize the use of electric utility vehicles in a variety of community settings with lower posted speed l...

March 18, 2015

Four Great Electric Vehicles for Commercial Use

Four Great Electric Vehicles for Commercial Use

Electro Utility Buddy 2 Passenger Utility Deluxe Vehicle from Moto Electric Vehicles. Electric vehicles aren't just for personal use around the neighborhood. Moto Electric Vehicles in Jacksonville, FL carries a wide selection of low speed EVs designed for a range of commercial applications. Here are a few of our most popular: Electro Utility Buddy 2 Passenger Utility Deluxe Vehicle Two comfortable captain's chairs front this EV's open-sided cab with rounded windshield and topper. It's longer than our standard utility buddy and features an automatic lift dump. The lift dump makes this vehicle a top choice for landscapers, golf courses, sports teams and schools. Electro Cargo Delivery Buddy Designed for heavy duty delivery applications, our Electro Cargo Delivery Buddy's cargo area features two side access doors and sliding window access from the cab, shelves throughout the length of the cargo area and overhead lighting. It carries up to 2,645.5 pounds (that's 1.32 tons!...

March 18, 2015

Make Money with Your Personal Electric Vehicle

Make Money with Your Personal Electric Vehicle

Are you the fix-it type? Grab your tools, hop in your personal electric vehicle and offer neighborhood home and appliance repair services for extra cash. It's news to nobody that today's economy is tight. A personal electric vehicle could help put some extra cash in your pocket. Here are a few ideas for turning your low-speed NEV to profitable use: Start a neighborhood delivery service. Good neighbors are always loaning or giving items like tools or pieces of furniture. And many neighborhoods are located near town centers with convenience stores, cafes, hardware stores and dry cleaners. Lend neighbors a helping hand by offering pickup and delivery services in the area via your personal electric vehicle. This will be especially welcome among elder neighbors and those tending to young children. Start a neighborhood home repair service. If you're the fix-it type, stock your personal electric vehicle with a full set of tools and offer door-to-door repair and handyman serv...

March 18, 2015

ADA Requirements for Electric Shuttle Buses

ADA Requirements for Electric Shuttle Buses

The Americans with Disabilities Act established the standards for ADA-equipped electric shuttles and wheelchair vans used in the transportation industry. On July 26th, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 21st anniversary. After years of campaigning by individuals and organizations, President George "H.W." Bush signed the legislation that created a new collective consciousness about discriminatory practices against those with disabilities. Prior to that time, the transportation industry had very vague guidelines for providing services for handicapped passengers. Over the past two decades, the ADA has worked diligently to ensure that all transport vehicles including electric shuttle buses and other low-speed vehicles (LSVs) are easily accessible for all passengers and safe for those traveling with a disability. At Moto Electric Vehicles, we proudly stay on top of all changes enacted by the ADA and any of our electric buses can be equipped with required...

March 18, 2015

Why Insuring Your Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Can Get Tricky

Why Insuring Your Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Can Get Tricky

NEVs increasingly are being treated much like full size automobiles when it comes to registration and insurance requirements Federal and state laws increasingly are treating neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) more like traditional automobiles when it comes to insurance policies. But if you're not careful, you could end up with a vehicle that's uninsurable and be prohibited to use it in the way you intended. A primary factor to consider is that golf cars and NEVs, though similar, are not the same animal. Even golf carts that purportedly have been converted to NEVs often fall short of registration and insurance requirements. NEVs, formally known as "low speed vehicles" or LSVs, are four-wheeled vehicles that are larger than golf carts but smaller than most other light-duty passenger vehicles and have top speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour. They are defined by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as subject to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Stand...

March 18, 2015

Got the Right Accessories for Your Electric Vehicle?

Got the Right Accessories for Your Electric Vehicle?

So you've got your great looking electric vehicle. Now, it's time to trick it out with all the accessories that make your golf cart ride an enviable experience. Electric vehicle TVs and DVD players are a popular add-on. If you're using your NEV as a parking lot shuttle, church shuttle, school shuttle, event shuttle or other similar use, our flip-down TVs with built-in DVD players add an entertainment factor for passengers. And parents of young children love them. The kids have fun watching their favorite videos while Mom and Dad run errands or visit with neighbors and friends. Electric vehicle backup cameras are a top safety feature for NEVs used as parking and event shuttles, touring vehicles and delivery vehicles. For any neighborhood electric vehicle operated in area where children play regularly, a backup camera can be a particularly important safety precaution. We offer both wired and wireless options. Don't let the weather halt your plans. Our electric vehicle e...

March 18, 2015

Three Reasons Electric Vehicles Help Make Every Day Earth Day

Three Reasons Electric Vehicles Help Make Every Day Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day! Celebrate by taking a thorough look at your lifestyle. We bet you can find numerous ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Of course, we've got one great idea that tops them all - a neighborhood electric vehicle. They're catching on in neighborhoods nationwide for those quick trips to the nearby corner store, library, park or friend's home. Here are three ways that NEVs help make every day Earth Day: They save on fossil fuel consumption. Because neighborhood electric vehicles run on electricity rather than gasoline, their growing popularity will help to put a dent in America's fossil fuel consumption. Of course, NEVs aren't practical for longer drives and aren't fast enough for major roadway usage. But if a high percentage of your day-to-day activities are centered in a small-radius area, you could significantly cut your gasoline usage - an idea that's great for both the environment and your wallet. They have zero greenhouse gas emissions. Scientis...

March 18, 2015

Emergency Service Vehicles Pack Boast Lifesaving Features, Maneuverability

Emergency Service Vehicles Pack Boast Lifesaving Features, Maneuverability

EMS Paramedic Buddy 3 Passenger Low Speed Vehicle Full-size police cars, EMS trucks and security vehicles are great for city streets and neighborhood roads. But for areas with limited access, electric emergency service vehicles can be a godsend. School and college campuses, stadiums, athletic fields, parks and campgrounds all are examples of facilities where an electric emergency service vehicle could be a potentially lifesaving asset. Moto Electric Vehicles offers top quality police, EMS and security vehicles in compact, low-speed, electric models that can be customized for any facility's particular needs. Our EMS Paramedic Buddy 3 Passenger Low Speed Vehicle, for instance, has provisions designed specifically for medics on the run including Whelen flashing lights, PA systems and sirens, a first aid kit, backboard holder, stretcher lockdown and fire extinguisher. Our Municipal Police Buddy features applications for both municipal and community security. Yours can be ou...

March 18, 2015

Neighborhood Electric Vehicles - Not Just for the Golf Course

Neighborhood Electric Vehicles - Not Just for the Golf Course

Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) aren't just for the golf course. When you think of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), visions of golf courses probably cross your mind. After all, it was on America’s golf ranges that electric carts got their start. But as the economy tightens, concern for the environment grows and more people opt for a quieter, friendlier, back-to-the-basics lifestyle, the neighborhood electric vehicle becomes an increasingly mainstream option. To that end, communities designed for NEV living are popping up nationwide – and they’re not just retirement communities. Take North Carolina’s Bald Head Island, for example. This exclusive community offers 10,000 acres of beach, marsh and maritime forest preserves located on the eastern side of the Cape Fear River off the coast of Southport, N.C. Residents’ median age is just 56 years old and many are families with minor children. Residents and visitors park their cars and access ...

March 18, 2015

The World's First Wireless Electric Car Charger

While many countries, including the US, are planning huge rollouts of charging stations for electric vehicles, and arguing about where and how to deploy them, a New Zealand company has launched the first wireless electric car charging system. The Voxy website announced on October 29, 2010 that HaloIPT has created a new, IPT (Inductive Power Transfer) charging system, capable of charging vehicles whether they are parked or moving.  The system can be configured to power all types of road-based vehicles from cars to delivery trucks and buses. Vehicles are fitted with receiver pads that automatically charge the vehicle whenever they are parked over or drive over transmitter pads located in the ground.  The transmitters are designed to function beneath asphalt, submerged in water or covered with snow and ice.  In the future, the plan is to have the charging pads embedded in the road surface, so vehicles can be charged on the move. This revolutionary technology is ex...

March 18, 2015