Regulatory Issues Related to MSEVs
There are dozens of manufacturers capable of producing and marketing electric vehicles for under $20,000 for a market that provides effective transportation at 35 mph. Thirty five miles an hour is the proven speed needed for market acceptance and volume production. The regulations are holding back these companies and causing many of them to fail due to lack of volume.
A LUV in every garage
Local Use Vehicles
The regulations limiting these vehicle are those created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA requires all vehicles capable of going over 25 miles per hour to conform to the safety regulations of passenger vehicles or light duty trucks. The problem is that it takes from 5 to 30 million dollars to certify that a new vehicle conforms to these standards. Both the time and the money involved are keeping us from having the solution represented by the Local Use Vehicles.
The other option is to produce vehicles that conform to a limited set of safety regulations as defined by the Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) law. This law restricts these vehicles by limiting them to going 25 mph. That is just not fast enough to meet the requirements of the market and is holding back the entry-level EV industry.
There are 38 regulations, called Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Specifications or FMVSS for a passenger car, most of which can be satisfied within normal design standards. The problem lies with the destructive testing. These destructive tests are seriously expensive and many of them are not significant safety measures in the medium speed world of Local Use Vehicles.
What is needed is to take a serious look at the FMVSS requirements and adjust them so they make sense for Local Use Vehicles. Eliminating the expensive requirements for features that are primarily effective at high speeds is the key issue.
The Federal Government is the main body that can resolve this. That is why we need to get the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to create a new Classification for these vehicles. That Classification would spell out the federal safety standards needed for this group of vehicles.
NHTSA was petitioned by various parties to create this classification and they denied the petition. They take the position that vehicle safety is their mandate and there is no data to show that a vehicle limited to 35 mph is any safer than one that goes 85 mph.
It is essential that this roadblock be removed as quickly as possible to help solve the problems our oil dependence is creating in terms of job loss and undermining our economy and our independence as a nation. There are three ways to get this to happen as follows:
MSEVs Need Support
Ø The leadership in the Obama Administration makes this happen.
Ø The US Congress includes
this issue in legislation
Ø The States pass MSEV legislation is such numbers that one of the first two will
have to occur.
If you have found this page on this website then there are three things you should be reasonably clear about. These are:
Legal Road Block to Medium Speed Vehicles
US Companies Need MSV Regulations to Create LUVS and American Jobs
Medium Speed Vehicles Need Regulatory Support to Become Viable in the Market.
MSEV Laws are an opportunity to reduce both air and noise pollution, reduce traffic, reduce lung congestion, and improve pedestrian safety by moving towards smaller lighter clean affordable electric vehicles.
All three of the options for creating MSV Regulations need to be pursued. Please consider how you can help to make this happen and get in touch with the MSEV Coalition to make your contribution.
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