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A group spearheaded by the local automobile dealership EnVironmental Motors in Glendale, California is petitioning the Federal government to create a new vehicle classification. The Medium Speed Vehicle (MSV) Classification. Currently, the federal government limits electric cars capable of going 35-40mph to 25mph. Help us create the MSV class so these cars can be driven on more roads by more people to help offset the tons of carbon released into the air by gasoline vehicles.
While more Americans are seeking new transportation technology that is clean, green and electric, this new category could result in a five- to ten-fold increase of affordable (under $20K) zero-emission vehicles being driven on our nation's roads today.
Modern Electric Vehicles capable of going 35 to 40 miles per hour are currently available for sale, yet they are limited by Federal low speed vehicle (LSV) regulations to 25 miles per hour. People driving in Montana and Washington have modified these zero-emission vehicles to travel at 35 miles per hour under new state laws that permit a faster speed. That speed is opening up the market in those states as people find the new speed works for local trips and their second car uses.
As a recognized business offering consumers the option of driving 100% electric cars, EnVironmental Motors has become the lead sponsor to help formulate a new Medium Speed Electric Vehicle (MSEV) classification. As part of a joint effort with The MSEV Coalition consisting of at least eleven Electric Vehicle manufacturers and numerous advocates, the group recently submitted letters of request to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for rulemaking review.
These same vehicles are available throughout America, although our federal law has not been updated to reflect the latest innovations in transportation technology. Many customers are happy to have this choice available to them for all their local driving, as the actual energy costs are about 2-3 cents per mile.
Per Santa Monica Fleet Superintendent Rick Sikes, "We could replace more than of our fleet with MSEVs, limited to 35 mph, without a decrease in service or operator acceptance."
EnVironmental Motors sells the ZENN luxury Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) which comes equipped with a solid aluminum alloy frame used for highway cars in Europe, along with a robust AC drive motor, heater and option for air conditioning. The ZENN is one of several cars that can satisfy the need for a zero emission 35mph second car right away - once the Federal Government removes the legal obstacles.
This is the natural progression for electric vehicles from golf carts at 15 mph to NEVs at 25 to around town cars at 35 mph. This would be easiest, fastest and most affordable way to get zero emissions vehicle on our streets says Russell Sydney, Coordinator for the Coalition.
To join the efforts and support the greening of our city streets, or for more information about the Medium Speed Electric Vehicle Coalition, call 310.450.7419 or email: Main@sustainableclub.org. For anyone who would like to learn more or enjoy a truly ZENN experience (the name ZENN is an acronym for Zero Emission No Noise), visit www.EnVironmentalMotors.com or contact EnVironmental Motors directly at 818.244.MYEV to schedule a test drive appointment.