Fuel For Local Trip Is Just an Electric Plug Away

Illinois considering legislation to permit 25 mph Neighborhood Electric Vehicles on streets with 35 mph speed limits.

Published: 13-Jun-2005

SPRINGFIELD -- Fred Biederman dreams of commuting to work every day without ever having to fill up a gas tank.

The suburban Chicago man is hopeful he'll have that chance under a measure that would allow municipalities to permit the use of electric-powered "neighborhood electric vehicles" on certain roads.

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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.

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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