Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV's) belong to a popular segment of the electric vehicle family. Regulations vary from state to state, but in general these vehicles are legally allows to drive on roads with posted speed limits of 45 miles per hour or 72 km/h or less. They are able to carry a maximum weight of 3,000 lbs. The United States Department of Labor classifies NEV's as Low-Speed Vehicles or LSV's. Low-Speed Vehicles are federally approved street legal vehicles in North America and around the world. 


 
Electric Forum 2011-Renault-Twizy-EV.jpg

EUROPE NEV's: TWIZY by Renault

This quadricycle, by Renault (Twizy) is among the most eye-caching vehicles we've seen a long while. Zero emissions, of course, but who's keeping score? The Renault Twizy was launched in the summer of 2012. Since the beginning, it was a top seller in Europe. The Twizy is a two seater, although from afar it gives off the impression that it is a one seater. European routinely refer to the Twizy as an Electric City Car (ECC). First seen and sold in France and later in the UK and across Europe, this NEV continues to be an eye catcher. 


GEM on Electric Forum.jpg

NORTH AMERICA NEV's: GEM by Polaris

GEM, sold more electric vehicles than any other manufacturer. At one point, GEM was the world's top seller with over 45,000 units sold through 2010. If these were motorized units, they would fall under the motorized quadricycle category. But, for now, we'll keep calling them NEV's. Technically they are also called ZEV's  Zero Emissions Vehicles) in certain states. As recently as 2014, the GEM Neighborhood Electric Vehicle have lead the way in sales. No other manufacturer has sold more units in North America than has GEM. In many ways, the GEM is to North America, what the Renault TWIZY is to Europe.