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Vancouver Approves Low-speed Electric Cars on Streets

Under city bylaws, they will now be able to travel on Vancouver streets which have a posted speed limit of 50 km per hour or less.

Published: 02-Oct-2008

The Vancouver city council voted Tuesday afternoon to give a green light to low-speed electric vehicles.

Under city bylaws, they will now be able to travel on Vancouver streets which have a posted speed limit of 50 km per hour or less, meaning they will be able to travel on most city streets.

But staff remained concerned about the safety of the vehicles since they don't meet the crash standards for regular vehicles. They are typically larger than electric golf carts and look more like small compact cars.

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Dr. John P. Holdren

Dr. Holdren is currently the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program in the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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