Medium Speed Vehicles
The minimum specifications needed for a 4 wheel LUV describe what is called a Medium Speed Vehicle (MSV). There are roadworthy LSV vehicles in use right NOW that:
A LUV in every garage
Local Use Vehicles
Ø Get the equivalent of 200 miles per gallon
Ø Can be used for 80 percent of normal
community transportation needs
Ø MSVs can be put on the roads now for half the cost of vehicles like the Volt
and the Tesla Sedan,
Ø Consumers are clear that what they need is a minimum of 35 mph to get around their
Ø Drivers also know that 30 mile range on a charge (or tank full) is a minimum and that 45
mile range and higher makes a more desirable vehicle.
Ø They have many times the safety features of Low Speed
Ø They have safety features that are inherent in vehicles that cannot speed.
The technology is currently available to provide safe 35 mph vehicles at affordable prices. The 35 mph speed limit is faster than that allowed for existing neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs). NEVs are limited to 25 mph under the Federal Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) Classification. 35 mph is significantly lower than full freeway speed vehicles that have to conform to all the safety regulations associated with passenger cars.
Click on the photos below to learn more about the Superior Vehicles that fit the concept of
a Medium Speed Vehicle.
The EcoV Electric
To be made in Michigan
The Maya 300
Engineered in North America
Using US Technology installed in California
A US based Company with US
Drive train and Batteries
US base in California
These ZEV – Carbon Neutral MSVs are can be put on the roads in large volumes within months of the passage of the necessary legislation. This is the shortest route to facilitate the transition to a sustainable transportation system. All of these cars have been modified (for test and evaluation purposes only) to successfully achieve 35MPH.
Some of these vehicles would need modifications to bring them up to the appropriate safety standards needed for vehicles limited to a Medium Speed. A new Medium Speed Vehicle Classification is also needed to make these vehicles useful and safe in an urban environment. There is a need to work through this safety issue at both the State and Federal levels.
The market testing and research effort has been done by a considerable number of people. This includes low speed vehicle manufacturers, Fleet operators in government and private sectors, electric vehicle dealers across the country and by individual operators of various low speed vehicles and electric conversions. Many of the people in this effort are connected through the Medium Speed Vehicle Coalition.
The testing and research has shown that there are three basic requirements for a local use vehicle. The first one is that it keeps up with city traffic. The second one is being able to get off the line on city streets quickly enough to keep ahead of other cars. The third one is that it be able to allow a person to drive 15 miles to work, charge the vehicle and get home with charge to spare so they can run errands. This means that the minimum requirements for the Local Use Vehicles would be:
Market Testing for Medium Speed Vehicles
The evidence for this 35-mile per hour requirement can be found in the Ten State laws that allow NEVs to go 35 and the other nine states that are considering such a move.
It is important to separate the concept of a local use vehicle from the more typical touring car that can drive people hundreds of miles. That is the role to be filled by the primary vehicles. The local use vehicle covers a significant percentage of what is needed from a second car.
Ø Being able to go 35 mph or more.
Ø Adequate acceleration from 0 to 35
Ø Having a minimum of 20 miles on a charge with 35 miles being preferred.
MSEV Need Support
Ten States have passed regulations to support MSEVs. Contact us for details.
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