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What is a Low-Speed Vehicle?

A Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) is a street-legal, four-wheeled electric vehicle with a top speed of 40 km/h and a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 1361 kg. Most provinces allow LSVs to drive on roads marked 50 km/h or less.

 

Low-speed vehicles are typically electric, with a range of about 48 kilometers.

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What are the requirements for low-speed vehicles?

Low-speed vehicles must adhere to the performance and safety standards set by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic and Safety Association) which states that low-speed vehicles must be equipped with headlamps, front and rear turn signal lights, tail lights, stop lights, reflex reflectors, mirrors, parking brake, windshield, seat-belt assembly, and an alert sound (horn).

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Where can low-speed vehicles be driven?

Low-speed vehicles are restricted from roadways where the speed limit is greater than 35 mph (50 km/h). Please check your local regulations for more details.

What is the difference between an LSV and a golf cart?

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Number of passengers

LSV

2-6 depending on model

Golf Cart

2-4

Comfort features

LSV

Smooth ride, spacious interior, customization options available to add doors, etc.

Golf Cart

Rules/Regulations

LSV

Street-legal; varies by state/province

Golf Cart

Not street-legal

Safety features

LSV

3-point safety belts, headlights, turn signals

Golf Cart

Vehicle speed

LSV

25 mph (40 km/h)

Golf Cart

Not to exceed 15 mph (24 km/h)