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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 25 mph and a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 3,000 lb. Most states allow LSVs to drive on roads marked 35 mph or less.

 

Low-speed vehicles are typically electric, with a range of about 30 miles.

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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. Please check your local state 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

Golf Cart

Not street-legal

Safety features

LSV

3-point safety belts, headlights, turn signals

Golf Cart

Vehicle speed

LSV

25 mph

Golf Cart

Not to exceed 15 mph