New Mexico Bill Would Permit Faster Neighborhood Electric Cars

House Bill 294 would create an updated designation a medium-speed electric vehicles, raising their top speed to 35 mph, instead of current federal limit of 25 mph.

Published: 04-Feb-2009

The New Mexico Legislature will soon vote on a bill that would allow electric vehicles to travel at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour within city limits.

Biology research professor Paul Watson is the proprietor of Zenn Electric Cars, an Albuquerque business that sells electric automobiles.

"There's this new breed of electric vehicle available to the public that is strictly made for within-city use, and, at the moment, all such vehicles are regulated by a federal law that is basically out of date," he said.


The scooters currently come in two models, 1000 and 1500 watts, and retail for NZ$2200 and NZ$2400 including GST. Photo courtesy of Scoop.

Piaggio Porter pictured at right has electric driving range of 7-120 km with a top speed of 60 km/hr.

New Alias electric three-wheeler will be marketed under Detroit Electric name.


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