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Push On In Pennsylvania to Legalize Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

Under proposed legislation, the Low Speed Vehicles powered by batteries would be allowed only on roads with a maximum speed limit of 35 miles an hour - the same rule as in most of the states that allow them. GEM neighborhood electric vehicle pictured below.

Published: 30-Dec-2005

In more than 30 states, a quirky, quiet and clean class of cars that look like streamlined golf carts is allowed on the public roads.

But not in Pennsylvania.

The reason: They have a top speed of just 25 m.p.h. - and opponents fear these battery-powered cars, known as neighborhood electric vehicles, could tie up traffic, cause road rage and result in accidents.

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The 2004 Lido 'Woody' neighborhood electric vehicle decked out to resemble Chrysler PT Cruiser is far cry from the original electric golf carts of the past. Photo courtesy of BobsClassics.com.

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