Utah Bill to Revamp NEV Law Moves Forward

HB238 would strip away costly add-on requirements.

Published: 05-Feb-2010

It could get a little cheaper to buzz around Utah streets in miniature electric cars if state lawmakers embrace a bill that the House Transportation Committee unanimously passed Thursday.

HB238, by Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville, would strip away requirements for odometers, speedometers and brakes on all four wheels of low-speed electric vehicles. The tiny cars and trucks -- effectively tricked-out golf carts -- max out at 25 mph and are allowed only on Utah streets with low posted speed limits.

Those items don't come standard on the vehicles, Anderson said, and they add $1,200 to the cost. The vehicles have brakes on two wheels and because of their weight can go from top speed to a dead stop in 12 feet.


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